The Sweetest Thing
“The Sweetest Thing”
They went ashore and looked about them. The weather was fine. There was dew on the grass, and the first thing they did was to get some of it on their hands and put it to their lips, and to them it seemed the sweetest thing they had ever tasted.
-- The Vinland Saga
Four New York artists with Nordic roots will exhibit drawings and sculptures at Trygve Lie Gallery on November 11, 2010, through January 8, 2011.
The thread that ties together the work of these four artists is both their shared Nordic heritage and their experience as Scandinavians in the "new land".
Each artist's work in this show reflects Nordic traditions, ideas, and feelings. Their work embodies the kind of excitement that the Vikings must have felt when they first experienced North America. "In art, as in conquest, constant discovery really is the sweetest thing" says featured artist Torild Stray.
Norwegian-born Torild Stray has been based in New York City since 1990. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe for over a decade and has received critical acclaim. Stray's paintings are collected internationally and have been featured at Art Basel Miami. Stray's most recent solo exhibition was at Gallery Langegaarden in Bergen, Norway, in September of this year.
Natalie Moore is a New York artist with Norwegian roots. She has shown with artMoving Gallery in Williamsburg and was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant last year. Moore's work has been featured in CNN's "The Art Club", The New York Times, and New York Newsday.
Elisa Jensen is Danish American, and has spent many summers on the island of Mors where she paints in the landscape. Jensen has shown her work in both New York and in Denmark. She received the 2009 National Academy Award for Painting and the 2010 John Koch Award for Figurative Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Norwegian-born Leo Anker divides her time between Spain, Italy, New York, and Norway. Anker's work is part of numerous private and public collections and has been shown extensively in Europe and in New York over the last twenty years. She has been the recipient of the Ruth Mellon Memorial Award for sculpture.