Siri Skogstad Berntsen born in Tromso, Norway, works with digital art, painting, printmaking and drawing.
When I started painting, nine years ago, my intuitive choice was the abstract tradition, where I found a lot of resonance. Later years I have been exploring other techniques and forms of expression. I have found that I like to work with human shapes. The human being and her inner life and world is a theme in my works.
In my paintings I use oil, acrylic and watercolour, sometimes crayons and spray. The images are made directly onto plates, canvas, woodenplates or paper. Form is thereby created in an expressionistic mode. I also make paintings digitally, solely on the computer or by using drawing or photo as base. Drawing or photo is scanned, than developed with colours and graphic effects. I work within a version of photoshop. The images come forward as physical objects through transferring/print to paper, wood, plexiglass, canvas, metal etc. I also like to work with graphic techniques and printmaking. I do drawings and I have made cartoons.
I am influenced by abstract traditions, Pop art, the simplicity and elegance of design, the particular expressionism of Munch, Icon paintings and Japanese minimalistic thinking, among other directions, mixed with growing up in the raw nature of the northern part of Norway. I spend my first child years in Malangen, from six years of age I moved to Tromsø together with my familiy, where I grew up and experienced the first phase of my adult life. I have a high degree in the social sciences, as cand.polit, from the University of Tromsø, Newcastle and Oslo. I also find artistic expression in writing.
Be welcome to visit my website and follow my artistic development.