Olav Christopher Jenssen: The Letharia Paintings No.2, 2012, Sammlung Marta © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017, Foto: Bernd Borchardt

Olav Christopher Jenssen
Enigma – Works 1985–2012
06.10.2012 – 13.01.2013


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A few painters reinvent their work as regularly as Olav Christopher Jenssen (born in Norway in 1954) does it for almost thirty years.


His pictorial worlds continue to astound with stimulating and fresh abstractions, delicate linear fabrications, and colourful spheres in intense hues. His pictures often seem like pieces from a vibrant cosmos: it is up to each viewer to intuit secrets, or to recognise a constructive form of the unknown in these works.

The exhibition “Enigma” enables both intense and sensual insights into a pictorially evolving world. It repeatedly repositions itself from work to work, and from series to series, and then develops itself further on the basis of a few reduced, and often unexpected means. Like a wide river that is fed by separate streams, Jenssen’s œuvre evolves from a constantly spreading chain of variations on painting that combine imagination and retrospection, and vitality and art.

The show consists of almost 200 mostly large-sized paintings and works created between 1985 and 2012, and presents a lively cross section of a large part Jenssen’s pictorial, graphic, and sculptural oeuvre.


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