Odd Nerdrum is recognized as a modern master painter working in portraits, self-portraits, and large paintings often allegorical and apocalyptic in nature. He is one of the finest figurative painters working today.
Nerdrum's is primarily influenced by the old world painters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio. These traditional paint masters are firmly embedded in his approach. The use of traditional technique and palette have placed his work in direct conflict with the abstract and conceptual art considered 'acceptable' today. Nerdrum subscribes to the Kitsch movement, which values classical painting techniques and distances itself from the modern Art of today.
Nerdrum's works are often filled with figures dressed from another time period and placed in epic drab toned settings. His works are narrative in nature and seem to always have a current of darkness running through them, if not even a hint of dramatics. These epic settings and quiet still lives create an atmosphere unique to Nerdrum and something we believe modern art has failed to capture. Alternative to the mainstream, Nerdrum strikes a path to artist skill.