Atle Ostrem - Nice surprise

Atle Ostrem /   Atle Østrem

Norway 1980

Urban Art

Atle Ostrem
Atle Østrem
October 17, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Atle Østrem is a Norwegian artist, best known for being the inventor of the word Beauglyful, which best describes this urban artist’s aesthetics.

Østrem was born in 1980 in Stavanger, Norway. He started painting graffiti in the mid-90s, just to move on to canvas’ artwork in 2000. Early in his career, this artist was very much influenced by the whole philosophy created by the emerging graffiti scene in the 90′s. But that did not stopped him to develop his own personal style, one that can be recognized at first glance.

Atle and Graffiti

Atle Ostrem - Outdoor work, Vardo, Norway, photo by Ian Cox, 2012
Atle Ostrem – Outdoor work, Vardo, Norway, photo by Ian Cox, 2012

Atle does not see himself as pure street or fine art creator. Instead, his style and techniques linger somewhere between those two. His graffiti-inspired paintings have their roots and inspiration in contemporary urban experience.

As Atle was heavily fascinated by the play of contrasts between beauty and the ugliness, he created a brand new zone to work in called beauglyful. This crossover gave birth to Atle’s iconic characters – playful and dark at the same time, childlike and provocative.

Atle on canvas

Atle Ostrem - Behind every great fortune...
Atle Ostrem – Behind every great fortune…

As Østrem pointed out himself, beauglyful is all about making art when inspired by bad experience and hard time – with lot of humor to help dealing with the lows and the struggle When looked that way, one can surely discover hints of hope and dreams in his work.

“To turn something negative into something positive, that’s beauglyful.”

Atle Østrem currently lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Featured image: Atle Ostrem – Nice surprise
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Bryne KunstforeningBryne, NorwayGroup
2015SuprimitiveAsbury Park. NJ, USASolo
2014Home Free, Galleri KollStavanger, NorwaySolo
2014PatternsKunstplass 5, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2014The truth with a twistExhibit No.9 , Asbury Park, NJ, USASolo
2014Norwegian WastelandsPOPOP, Oslo , NorwayGroup
2014Street art. Bærum KunstforeningSandvika, NorwayGroup
2014UpcycleGalleri Sult, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2013AGalleri A/A minor, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2013Lo & BeholdKINOKINO, Sandnes, NorwayGroup
2013Welcome to realityReed Projects, Stavanger NorwayGroup
2013Inngang 2013 Åpen dørRogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger NorwayGroup
2013Everything must goGalleri Koll, Stavanger, NorwaySolo
2012Chasing RainbowsReed Projects Gallery, Stavanger, NorwaySolo
2012NMNP project spaceStavanger NorwayGroup
2012Kerrs PinkBryne Kunstforening, Bryne , NorwayGroup
2012Streetart@artgateArtgate, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2012KomafestVardø NorwayGroup
2011ShowtimeMuseum Beatlemania, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2011Nothing`s changed, everything`s the same, still painting them same old facesGalleri Koll, NorwaySolo
2011XplosifTou scene, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2011CollaborismKunst på vandring,Nes kulturhus, Årnes, NorwayGroup
2011CollaborismKunst på vandring, Kolben kulturhus, Kolbotn, NorwayGroup
2010Vinter XGallery Forrest, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2010ShowtimeParzelle403, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010LowlifeStavanger Kunstforening, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2009ThreesomeNice Nice gallery, Hannover, GermanyGroup
2009Skateistan fundraiserSteen og Strøm, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2009BeauglyfulNice Nice gallery, Hannover, GermanySolo
2008NuartTou Scene, Ølhallene, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2007AVestlandsgalleriet Galleri Koll, Stavanger, NorwaySolo
2006LindøyfestivalenStavanger, NorwayGroup
2006Pretty uglySting, Stavanger, NorwaySolo
2005StarbageAkvariet Folken, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2004Hip hOperaTou Scene, Stavanger NorwayGroup
2004ApartGalleri Kabinettet, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2004Prosjekt OUTUnge urbane uttrykk, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2004Hip hOperaTou Scene, Stavanger NorwaySolo