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Trine Lotte Krogseth: Svalbard

Trine Lotte Krogseth: Svalbard

15th March - 21st April 2007


The Scott Polar Research Institute is delighted that noted Norwegian artist, Trine Lotte Krogseth, has chosen Cambridge as the venue for 'Svalbard' - her first exhibition in Britain. Her skilful watercolours vividly bring to life the light and landscapes of this northernmost part of the Kingdom of Norway. This is the first of a series of art exhibits on polar themes which will continue throughout 2007-08 to mark the International Polar Year.

Trine Lotte Krogseth

Well-known in her native country as an art teacher and manager of the County Gallery of Nord-Trøndelag, Trine has visited Svalbard regularly for the past 14 years, exploring and painting the Arctic landscape in all seasons. Her subjects are nature, land- and sea-scapes and the special polar light. All her notes, sketches and smaller paintings are made outdoors, often in near-freezing temperatures.

Trine says 'I think it is important to feel the nature and to spend my time in the natural environment in order to understand it and to be able to pass some of it on to others in my paintings. Sometimes, it means staying outside for several hours at a time, and visiting the same places over and over again, helping me in understanding the light and the surroundings. Slowly, over the years, I feel I am getting a bit closer, to catch a glimpse of it, with my wet paint.'

PaintingDuring the first few years, Trine spent time in Ny Ålesund (population 40), home to the new Arctic Marine Laboratory, the
northernmost in the world. More recently she has worked in Svea, the site of one of the largest underground coal mines in Europe, painting the industrial landscapes there.

The watercolours will be on sale from the Museum Shop throughout the exhibition.

All images ©Trine Lotte Krogseth