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Erlend Smidt Lysaker

Visual arts
Ascot Park SA


I am a painter working mostly with acrylics and gouache on both paper and canvas. I work on different formats, from very large to small and with both figurative and abstract painting. I often use my own life-experience as inspiration for my work, which can be a story about something that happened or something I have seen in nature.


Born and brought up in the country-side of Norway, I am now living in Adelaide with my Australian wife. My passion lies in painting and in the last several years I have worked with colourful abstract paintings. For me there has always been a close relationship between my art and my inner journey and my art changes in relation to what is going on inside of me.

As a young boy, I was fascinated with drawing and went on to study art at three different schools in Norway, ending my studies at The Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. As a young art student I was awarded with a scholarship in 2005 and held my first solo-exhibition in 2006 featuring student works.

I was selected by a jury to exhibit at a regional art-show in 2009 and he held my debut-exhibition in Oslo in 2011 at Gallery LNM showing my best work from 2007-2011. In September 2011, I moved to Adelaide where I have settled and am now working.


2008-2009 Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo

2004-2006 Strykejernet Artschool, Oslo

2000-2003 Arts, crafts and design, Nes Upper Secondary School,

Arnes Exhibitions 2013 Solo-exhibition Tin Cat Café Gallery, Kent Town SA 2013

Exhibiting at This Fine Day Gallery/Café, Mitcham SA 2012 Exhibiting at Glenelg Art-Gallery, Adelaide

2011 Solo-exhibition Gallery LNM, Oslo

2009 Østlandsutstillingen, Akershus fylke 2009 LTD-exhibition, Bodø

2007 Group-exhibition, Nes Culture Centre Gallery

2007 Group-exhibition, LHL Clinic Feiring

2006 Solo-exhibition, Nes Culture Centre Gallery Scholarships

2005 Nes Art Association’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship