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Henrik Gjerstad (b. 1996) is a Norwegian artist based in Oslo. For as long as he can remember, Henrik has been invigorated by art and the aesthetically beautiful. His relationship with art was cultivated whilst growing up with his father Pål Gjerstad and grandfather Ivar Gjerstad in their art studio in Oslo. Henrik’s understanding of art, its form and its expression, has been inherited and moulded over three generations of artists in his family. He is a very dedicated artist, specialising in the mediums of oil paint, acrylic, spray paint and digital art. He is known for his expressionist art, which often incorporates text and lyrics, as well as his abstract art which features organic shapes, deep textures and vivid colours. Street art and textures of urban environments form a core source of inspiration for Henrik, with many of his experiences and artistic interpretations developed during travels to various cities around the world. For Henrik, the process of producing art ignites a journey to a free place where anything and everything can happen.

The specific quality that draws Henrik Gjerstad to the form street art and urban textures are the walls that have been painted and sprayed on over and over again, layer by layer over many years. It is not necessarily the font or text, or an individual piece of art on its own that that inspires him, but rather the colour composition and textural detail that reveals itself within specific snapshots of a graffiti wall. There is an added layer of complexity and fascination when the walls are sprayed down by different people, so that their individual works and unique styles become intertwined into one. The surfaces and textures of these layered walls also form a core role in the composition of textures and colours within the artworks. Graffiti on a concrete wall has a completely different expression than, for example, on a wooden wall. For Henrik it is beautiful to see the unique patina of the surface under the graffiti. It is especially interesting to discover old remnants of colourful posters amongst the painted layers, forming an added layer of depth, texture, and varied materiality to an already complex composition. Henrik  constantly aspires to integrate this quality of layered colours and textures into the creative process of his own works.

It is precisely the depth of several layers that Henrik Gjerstad seeks to incorporate into his artistic expression and technique. In the technical language, this quality can be explored through the lens of what is known as “Palimpsest”, which involves the sequence of erasing and painting on top of an existing layer, often leaving remnants of past work. Most of Henrik’s paintings are constructed with a mixed media technique combining acrylic, oil painting, inkjet and other mediums. The base layer begins with a digital sketch. Once completed, this first layer is printed directly onto the canvas to act as both primer and as a detailed base coat. Then follows the application of core motifs and colours by hand, as an added layer over the base, with either acrylic or oil paint. This is an exciting new method Henrik developed while studying art at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. The technique allows the paintings to manifest with a clear depth of several layers. As a young artist, Henrik Gjerstad believes it is important to keep up with current technology and experiment with the new opportunities and techniques that the digital age provides. It is a very time consuming and advanced technique, but it allows him to achieve the degree of expression and complexity that he strives for in his art. Henrik is constantly striving to explore and discover new and exciting techniques for his future works. He hopes to build on his unique style of contemporary art, creating new and exciting forms of modern art well into the future.

Exhibitions / Galleries

2023 – Neo Galleri – Stavanger, Norway

2022 – Sommerutstilling, Galleri Nylund Larsen –  Risør, Norway
2022 – Gathe + Gram – Oslo, Norway
2022 – Galleri Soon – Son, Norway
2022 – Risør Kunstpark – Risør, Norway

2020 – Juvenarte – Oslo, Norway
2020 – GAF Solgården – Oslo, Norway

2019 – Kulturhuset – Oslo, Norway
2019 – Hurdalsjøen Skulpturpark – Hurdal, Norway
2019 – Sommerutstilling, Galleri Nylund Larsen – Risør, Norway

2018 – Galleri FineArt – Oslo, Norway
2018 – A. Art Fair NY 18, Contempop Gallery – New York, USA
2018 – Oslo Nowhere X Eger – Oslo, Norway
2018 – Hurdalsjøen Hotel – Hurdal, Norway

2017 – Contempop Gallery – New York, USA
2017 – K H Studio – Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 – Hurdalsjøen Hotel – Hurdal, Norway
2017 – Galleri Autonom – Oslo, Norway

2016 – Galleri Solviken – Føynland, Norway


2019 – 2021  The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Master of Arch. – Copenhagen, Denmark
2020 – 2020 TU Delft – Master of Arch. – Delft, The Netherlands
2018 – 2018  Rhode Island School of Design – Art and Architecture, Providence, USA
2015 – 2018  The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arch. – Copenhagen, Denmark

Work Experience

2023 – Present  Jensen og Skodvin Architects, Oslo, Norway
2021 – 2023   Lie Øyen Architects, Oslo, Norway
2019 – 2019   Jensen og Skodvin Architects, Oslo, Norway
2018 – 2019   OMA New York, Rem Koolhaas –  New York City, USA

Awards & Grants

2020 – 1st. Place – ANSA Juvenarte 2020
2019 – Dreyers Fond
2018 – Dreyers Fond


2023 – Vakre Hjem og Interiør
2022 – Feelgood Magazine
2022 – Norwegian Business Association Singapore (NBAS)
2021 – Øyene, Færder - Newspaper 
2021 – D2, Dagens Næringsliv
2021 – – Episode #222
2021 – Dagsrevyen, NRK TV – 10.01.2021
2020 – Feelgood Magazine, Hurdalsjøen Skulpturpark
2020 – ELLE Norge, Oslo Nowhere
2020 – Romerikes Blad, Hurdalsjøen Skulpturpark
2019 – Eidsvoll Blad, Hurdalsjøen Skulpturpark
2019 – Romerikes Blad, Hurdalsjøen Skulpturpark
2019 – Aust Agder Blad, Sommerutstilling Risør
2018 – Dagsrevyen, NRK TV

Fondation Maeght, France. 
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