Per Inge Bjorlo in the studio at Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Marabeth COHEN-TYLER

Per Inge Bjorlo was born in Spjelkavik, Norway, in 1952. He trained in Norway at the College of Arts, Craft and Design in Bergen, and also at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Bjorlo has represented Norway at various international art festivals, including both the Venice and Sao Paulo biennales. He collaborated with Kenneth Tyler at Tyler Graphics on two occasions, and produced a large body of prints.

Bjorlo’s striking prints are typically executed in stark black and white, and feature haunting images of the abstracted human face.
Emilie Owens

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Chronology
 

1952
Born in Spjelkavik, Norway

1969
Travels to New York; United States of America, lives on a farm in South Dakota, studies English

1974–77
Attends National College of the Arts, Bergen, Norway

1975
Studies under Else and Povl Christensen, Helsingør, Denmark

1977–81
Attends National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, Norway

1980
First solo exhibition, at the Young Artists’ Society, Oslo

1982
Included in European graphics biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway

1983
Included in European graphics biennale, Baden-Baden, West Germany

1984
Solo exhibition, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden, Norway

1985
Included in International biennale of graphic art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia;, Biennial of São-Paulo, Brazil

1986
Included in exhibition, Norealis, Galerie Daad, Berlin, Germany

1987
Included in Venice biennale, Italy

1988
Included in Venice biennale

1989
Included in exhibition, Borealis, at the Louisiana Museum, Louisiana, Denmark

1990
Included in the Seoul international print biennale, South Korea; International biennale of drawings, Riejeka, Yugoslavia; solo exhibition, at The National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo

1992
Solo exhibitions, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden; The family pictures, Bergen International Festival, Bergen; included in exhibition, New Expressionism, Artist’s House, Oslo

1994
Included in group exhibition at Galleri F15, Moss, Norway

1995
Solo exhibition, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden; included in exhibition, ARS 95, Helsinki, Finland

1996
Solo exhibition, at Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway; completes first series of mixed-media works completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York

1997
Included in exhibitions: Norwegian profiles, at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Extended points: three contemporary artists from Norway, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1998
Travelling exhibition, We are all sailors and women left behind, originated at Galleri Wang, Oslo; Heads from balance series of etching/aquatints and six large linocuts completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco

1999
Eleven linocut prints completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco

2000
Completes commission for Millennium Bridge, London, with architect Sir Norman Foster and engineer Chris Wise; completes sculpture, Book of Eden, at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York; included in exhibition, Encounters, at National Gallery, London; receives Order of Merit from HM Queen Elizabeth

2001
Completes Dark matter, a collaborative installation-performance work with conductor Christian Eggen, music by Richard Barrett, performers courtesy of ensemble Elision and Cikada, hosted by Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia; solo exhibitions, at Lokstallet Konsthall, Strömstad, Sweden; Potential rooms, time share III, (Idiot's goodbye), at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway; included in Cairo International Art Biennial, Cairo, Egypt

2004
Solo exhibitions: The perspective of doubt - conversations I, at Art Nouveau Centre, Ålesund, Norway; You're so shiny, Ma…, at Galleri Wang, Oslo, Norway

2005
Solo exhibition, at Finnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway

2006
Included in exhibition, The drawing biennial 2006, at Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

2007
Solo exhibition, Do not tell me too much, at Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

2008
Solo exhibitions: Story of smell and sound/ not sure of continuing?..., at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Mother - the future lies ahead of you..., at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010
Included in Nordic Art Triennial, Eskilstuna, Sweden

2011
Retrospective, Per Inge Bjørlo, at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter , Høvikodden, Norway; solo exhibition, Ringspelet II, at Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

2012
Solo exhibitions: To you, to me, to us and the sound of crows..., at Galleri Bo Bjergaard, Copenhagen, Denmark; Per Inge Bjørlo, at Bergen Kunstmuseum, Stenersen; awarded the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal (awarded by Sweden's King for outstanding artistic work by Swedish and Nordic artists)

Per Inge Bjørlo currently lives and works in Hønefoss, Norway.

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd., revised Kate Buckingham, 2006; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated August 2014