Emotional, intimate, and open-ended, Mona Hoel’s paintings are a dreamlike portrayal of our inner lives. Hoel works primarily in oil, sometimes mixed with acrylic, ink, or charcoal, and often applied experimentally in the search for new textures. She explores new surfaces, including wood and paper. This is all in service of Hoel’s particular, beautifully wrought atmosphere: gauzy washes, delicate flowing colors, and swaths of light. The palette is bright but can run to translucency, and frequently appears to be infused with sunlight. Her works show mysterious figures caught in half-finished landscapes. Hoel often seems to be painting memories or ideas. In each work, she celebrates the light touch of coherence and encompassing ambiguity inherent in every story – offering the viewer a fruitful journey into an infinitely unfolding narrative.
Hoel was born in Tromsø, Norway and today lives in Helsinki, Finland. She practiced law for several years before leaving the profession to attend art school.