Audun Alvestad (B.1980, Aalesund) is a Norwegian painter who received his MFA form the Kunsthogskolen in Bergen in 2016, after studying at the Det kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen (2015) and receiving his BFA from the Kunsthogskolen I Bergen, Avd Kunstakademiet in 2009. Alvestad's paintings typically centre around "average Joe" types doing everyday tasks such as mowing the lawn, ironing shirts, or bathing. He has referenced his interest in exploring society's changing gender roles and social structures as the reason for focusing on this subject. Additionally, he relies on generic types because they give him more space to play with formal aspects of the painting.
Solo exhibitions include Høyte Hårveste, QB Gallery, Oslo, Norway (2019); It’s my Party and I'll Cry If I Want to, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2019); Alnes fyr, Norway, July (2018); Gallery BOA, Oslo, Norway (2018); Varme Hender, Kalde Fotter, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunt, Trondheim, Norway (2017) and Klamme Hender, Varme Fotter, Gallery Christinegaard, Bergen, Norway (2017).
Group exhibitions include The Easter Group Show, Galleri Thomassen, Gøteborg, Sweden (2019) and SPF 32, William Ulmer Brewery, Brooklyn (2019); as well as Specially Normal, with Christina Banban, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2018); Group show at QB gallery, Oslo (2018); We are the ones..., Carlsberg gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017), The Summer Island Show, Gallery Kant, Denmark (2017) and Hostutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2017). He was recently awarded a three year working grant for young artists by the Arts Council of Norway (2017) and Statens utstillingsstipend, Arts Council Norway (2016), Prosjektstøtte, Arts Council Norway (2016).
Highlights and Collections
In 2017 Alvestad received a 3-year working grant for young artist from the Arts Council Norway, Prosjektstøtte, Norwegian association of Artists. In addition, in 2016 Audun Alvestad was granted Statens utstillingsstipend, from the Arts Council Norway, Prosjektstøtte.