There is a “wealth of bright colors inside me,” says Norwegian painter Anne Grete Floenes. Working primarily in acrylic on canvas (and recently with acrylic on plexi), she creates vibrant, color-drenched paintings with many layers. “The motifs are not planned in advance,” says Floenes of her works, which are built up around expressive gestures and loosely identifiable human, animal, or floral shapes and patterns. These patterns deepen in meaning under closer inspection, and appear to glisten like beadwork or sequins in their textural depth and precise application. Submerged in multifaceted fields of color, the shapes the artist conjures weave between one another or nestle in groupings that appear across the canvas. Subjects emerge, dissolve into patterns in the background, and then reemerge as compelling and magical figurative forms. Floenes paints in varied brushstrokes, where smooth swathes of pastel color mingle with choppy strokes or circular motions. This variety lends her paintings their dream-like quality.
Anne Grete Floenes was born in Trondheim, Norway, and has lived most of her life in Lillestrøm, Norway.