About Arnvid Aakre
Sketches of a Journey through Art

the digicat

Born by the Hardanger Fjord in Norway, got away early and dived into some art education. Did quite a number of exhibitions, both solo shows as group exhibition. Art projects, patronage from UNESCO head office in Paris, and more. Moved to Egypt for nearly fifteen years in 1990, came back to Norway with my dear wife and our two daughters.


FIRST Sketch - an island in north of Norway - latitude nearly 70 N

" ... So I left the old capital and it's upcoming artists, and moved further north to explore the zeitgeist of the seventies. In Norway there was hardly any better place for that then Karlsøya, we later found out ... " Read More

janes painting

SECOND Sketch - Jane's Painting & my first one man show

" ... Gallery Vâra was important, and the concept with having totally fresh artists, and establihed artists every other time turned out to be beneficial for both. Even Høvikodden, the art museum and gallery Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, came for an co-operation. That way Gallery Vâra also hosted an exhibition for the Bulgarian-American artist Christo ... " Read More

hannes painting

THIRD Sketch - Painting of Hanne & my second one man show

" ... Add the fact that restaurants and bars had to close at a certain time in the evening in the eighties, but not for Teatergaten, it operated as an illegal night club. What a fantastic place for my second exhibition! ... " Read More


FORTH Sketch - Gesamtkunstwerk 1989

" ... So I ended up with the 'Hatshepsut Project', nearly one of a half million NOK (almost 185'000 USD) in sponsorship deals, and patronage by UNESCOs head quarter in Paris. UNESCO wrote in their statement that 'the Hatshepsut Project is holistic art making in a time of fragmenteded approaches'. After two years with heavy work, the money came on the table, and with sponsorship from Lufthansa as well, we set off for Egypts old capital Waset, now Luxor where Hatshepsuts great terrace temple are located ... " Read More


When my paintings on canvas got a price tag of 10'000 USD and more, then I have to admit that they are not art for most people any longer. They are not for artlovers - at least not for any artlover, but for those who can afford them.

Digital art should soon be as normal as digital photography, as who today are buying film for their camera? To use digital programs that give me an pencil 8B is just great, and even without water I can put some watercolour on my drawing. The digital art media is absolutely for me, but apart from the artistic freedom it actually give me - it's another plus that is as important - the cost of digital art. Even if I got my Corel Painter for a bit less than fourhundred dollar, I don't have to buy new pencils, pigments, or large canvas. This is a cost reduction that is big, and that way you can purchase a original artwork from me with a price it would not be possible to offer if I did art the expensive 'old' way. On top of this I reduce the price of a original work by making most drawings or paintings in a limited number. If I only had one work, compared to let's say 40, each with a individually numbering, and individual signature - that again reduce the price.

This is pretty important for me, as I want all who really would like a original artwork, to be able to get the one s/he has fallen in love with. A true win-win solution, ain't it?

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