Olav Christopher Jenssen is one of the foremost artists of his generation from the Nordic region and has gained international recognition for his distinctive and multifaceted paintings, as well as for his idiosyncratic sculptures. In addition, his vast production encompasses drawings, watercolours, paintings, graphic works, book illustrations and books. Always exploring and adopting new methods and techniques, his works contain both continuity and diversity. In the span of the fragile, impulsive and immediate opposed to the more restrained and controlled paintings, a rich visual vocabulary has emerged.
Since 2007 Jenssen holds a professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig in Germany. He is represented in several important collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York, US; Moderna Museet, Stockholm,SE; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR and the National Museum, Oslo, NO. Jenssen has been presented with major solo exhibitions at the Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art, Oslo,NO; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE where his work occupies a room in the museum’s permanent collection.
Olav Christopher Jenssen (b. 1954, Sortland, Norway) lives and works in Berlin, DE and Lya, SE.