Audun Alvestad (b.1980, Aalesund) is a Norwegian painter who received his MFA form the Kunsthogskolen in Bergen in 2016, after studying at the Det kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen (2015) and receiving his BFA from the Kunsthogskolen I Bergen, Avd Kunstakademiet in 2009. Alvestad's paintings typically centre around "average Joe" types engaged in everyday tasks such as mowing the lawn, ironing shirts, or bathing. He has referenced his interest in exploring society's changing gender roles and social structures as the reason for focusing on this subject. Additionally, he relies on generic types because they provide more space to play with the formal aspects of the painting.
Solo exhibitions include As If You Had a Choice in the Matter, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2023); Priority Lane, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2022); Tan Lines, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Here comes a regular, QB Gallery, Oslo, Norway (2021); Inadequate, Just Inadequate, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2020); Høyte Hårveste, QB Gallery, Oslo, Norway (2019); It’s my Party and I'll Cry If I Want to, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2019); Alnes fyr, Norway, July (2018); Gallery BOA, Oslo, Norway (2018); Varme Hender, Kalde Fotter, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunt, Trondheim, Norway (2017) and Klamme Hender, Varme Fotter, Gallery Christinegaard, Bergen, Norway (2017); Lubinas & Dorados, Gallery Bokboden, Bergen, Norway (2016); The Holy guacamole and the girl twith the pear necklace, Gallery LNM, Oslo, Norway (2015); Holy guacamole, Gallery Fisk, Bergen, Norway (2015); Duene faller som fluer, Gallery Blunk, Trondheim, Norway (2014).
Group exhibitions include The Bunker Artspace 2022 Installation Exhibition, The Bunker Artspace, West Palm Beach, USA (2022); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Enter Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark (2020); The Easter Group Show, Galleri Thomassen, Gøteborg, Sweden (2019) and SPF 32, William Ulmer Brewery, Brooklyn (2019); as well as Specially Normal, with Christina Banban, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2018); Group show at QB gallery, Oslo (2018); We are the ones..., Carlsberg gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017), The Summer Island Show, Gallery Kant, Denmark (2017) and Hostutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2017). He was recently awarded a three-year working grant for young artists by the Arts Council of Norway (2017) and Statens utstillingsstipend, Arts Council Norway (2016), Prosjektstøtte, Arts Council Norway (2016).
Highlights and collections.
In 2017 Audun Alvestad received a 3-year working grant for young artist from the Arts Council Norway, Prosjektstøtte, Norwegian association of Artists. In addition, in 2016 Audun Alvestad was granted Statens utstillingsstipend, from the Arts Council Norway, Prosjektstøtte. Alvestad's work can be found in many public and priavte collections amongst them the Bunker Artspace Museum (USA); the Preuss Collection, the Azman Museum and the Drake Collection.