Contemporary Art, Painting, Sculpture

Erik Tidemann


Sculpture, Painting

Erik Tidemann
Erik Tidemann
February 10, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Erik Tidemann is a young Norwegian artist whose work is characterized by the use of several media ranging from paintings to drawings to dead animals. His works are often based on fictious tales about extreme characters in different ways related to our society. Through several exhibitions in Norway and abroad Tidemann has proved himself a powerful young artist.

Erik Tidemann studied at Hons Fine Art (First Class) at the The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, UK from 2001 till 2004 where he got his BA and from 2004 to 2006 he obtained an MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK.

Erik’s use of dead animals for art objects began when he studied in Bournemouth. Going to New Forest to collect road kills he made a carpet from the fur. He had to work with his dead animals amongst jars of human skulls and body parts in the morgue. Life and death is a central theme in Tidemann’s art production, and he likes the idea of using something which has once been alive. Fur, skin, wood and plants are amongst his preferred materials. He has even stuffed his earlier dog, making him into a two-legged tombstone carrying his own ashes in a purse.

Early inspirational sources for Erik Tidemann were artists like Harmony Korine, Matthew Barney and Paul McCarthy. Also, he mentions trance, house and metal as references for his own works of art. Role play and the figures he played with as a little kid has also been important starting points for Tidemann’s art production. Erik does not want to be pinpointed into one direction. Trying to read political messages into Tidemann’s works might thus be a confusing affair due to the varied references and points of view.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Flesh Studies, TM51. OsloSolo
2013Singapore Art Fair, with Michael ScultzGalleri S.E. BergenGroup
2013Upper Echelon from the Great Beyond Rockheim. Trondheim Solo
2012Rash LoboTM 51. OsloSolo
2012GiantskullbossTrondheim Kunstforening & Galleri Map. OsloSolo
2012Adios 4Alice Gallery. Brussels Group
2011LovechildNoPlace. OsloSolo
2011SavantHight roller cociety LondonSolo
2011The Future can wait 2011.London Group
2011Polemically SmallTorrence Art Museum. CaliforniaGroup
2011Girls & AmmoGalleri S.E. Bergen Group
2010Wasteland ComicsTrondheim Prosjektrom Solo
2010News Fom the NeighboursCharlotte Fogh Contemporary. Århus, DenmarkGroup
2009 The Eazy-E HIV OdysseyGallery SteinslandBerliner. StockholmSolo
2009Demonology´Charlie Smith Gallery. London Group
2009NEW LONDON SCHOOLGalerie Schuster. BerlinGroup
2008 Untitled Scope Art Fair. LondonGroup
2008 UntitledNorske Bilder. Oslo RådhusGroup
2008 Anyone got WoodAllmenna galleriet 925. StockholmGroup
2005Fresh Milk,MILK Studios 450 West 15th St. New YorkGroup