Smoke dreams: the paintings of Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

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The work of self-taught artist Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen focuses on “classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner,” exploring the dark sides of life, “nihilism, existentialism, longing and loneliness, juxtaposed with fragile beauty.”

The atmosphere in his subject matter is often presented in “a dream or limbo-like state, with elements of surrealism. His focus on atmospheres rather than narratives and realism leaves his painting open for many interpretations.” [artist website, via This Isn't Happiness]

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