Bjarne Melgaard, ‘Untitled’, 2012, ICA London

Untitled, 2012, is an original ten colour lithograph made exclusively for the ICA. The print is typical of the imagery featured in A House To Die In and the preparatory drawings, which have informed the project. Produced in close collaboration with master printmaker Maurice Sanchez, this lithograph presents an exceptional opportunity to own a work by the artist. The lithograph was produced by Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York.

Signature: Signed and numbered

Bjarne Melgaard: A House to Die In is the result of a close collaboration between Bjarne Melgaard and the internationally renowned architectural firm Snøhetta. Since 2011, Melgaard and Snøhetta have exchanged architectural drawings, models and documents as they work towards the realisation of a purpose-built house, where Melgaard will live and work in Oslo, Norway. The house is commissioned by the Selvaag family.

About Bjarne Melgaard

Multi-hyphenate Bjarne Melgaard’s practice is as immersive as it is provocative. Engaging a plethora of methods in his paintings, sculptures, writing, and sensory installations, Melgaard probes psychological angst and taboo-bending subcultures. In recent work, he has crafted large-scale pink panther figures, some holding meth pipes, covered in seemingly arbitrary swaths of paint. His expressionistic paintings incorporate texts that have a confessional quality, revealing desires, fears, violence, personal anxieties, drug-taking, and sex, though whether these relate to a fictional or real persona is left ambiguous. “Melgaard’s art comes across as something much closer to need itself, something manically important he’s trying to get at,” the critic Jerry Saltz wrote, “even if he knows that in our oversaturated, defensively cynical moment that this is almost impossible.”

Norwegian, b. 1967, Sydney, Australia, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Helsinki,
Bjarne Melgaard: Puppy Orgy Acid Party
2015