Ever since I can remember I have created my own world through drawing and painting. As a child, it was a way I could guide my reality and dreams and escape into the magic of an unknown realm. Light is a driving force in my work and I choose diverse objects to explore collisions and transitions with color and value. Horses have always been an important part of my life and I never tire in trying to capture their essence, beauty, strength and mystery. The technical qualities I seek in my paintings are more classically inspired and I am primarily self taught. In my earlier years I enrolled in art schools where anything figurative was considered merely decorative. I was fortunate to encounter mentors outside the conventional school system to guide me in exploring the old masters and their craft. Painting for me is a passion, a privilege and a verb, and at best of times I revisit this enlightened state from my childhood.
Gunnar Ahmer was born and raised in Bergen, Norway. He has lived, studied, and worked in France, Morocco, Spain, Germany, Malaysia and Mexico. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA.