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Intense Moodiness: Art by Patrick Bjorsrud

A painting in black and white of a strange robed figureUntitled

Patrick Bjorsrud is a Norwegian artist who uses a deconstructed style to express human experiences and behaviour. His style is often very loose and rough, using overlapping sketches and heavy, quick brushstrokes to form an image - or several images on top of one another.


A layered figurative drawing in coloured crayon on paperTerry Hawkins: Sadistic Snuff Man 25, crayon on paper

Bjorsrud works in a variety of media including drawing, painting and sculpture. I really enjoy Bjorsrud's drawings, in which he layers several sparse, monochromatic sketches, over top of one another. He creates a complex, multi coloured, almost abstract image that I have to work to piece together, making for a more engaging viewing experience. 


The artist’s mixed media works seem to capture the same dark, intense moodiness as his other works, using a rather different approach. Here, various photos of animals and nature are shaded in red, as if viewed during the development process. 

A plaster sculpture constructed to look like a drippy blob with teethUten Tittel (detail), plaster

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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