“I can’t say I chose to become an artist, I didn’t have a choice. For me art is something I just can’t let go of – something I have to do. It might sound strange, but I don’t think I could live without painting. If I had the choice between all the wealth in the world and being able to paint, I would still choose painting,” says the Norwegian artist. Using the ancient technique of oil tempera, mixing linseed oil and egg and then adding colour pigments, most of Svendsen’s paintings are figurative, with abstract elements that explore the interpersonal relationships between people as well as the human mind. Typical for Svendsen’s art is the use of faceless models.

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