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 Kai Breder Fjell
 Conrad Bendiks Fjeld

Kai Fjell was a painter, printmaker and scenographer. Fjell was born on a farm in the village Skoger near Drammen. His father was the farmer and painter Conrad Bendiks Fjeld. His mother was a sister of Marie Hamsun. Kai Fjell became a pupil of Carl von Hanno in Oslo in 1926. A year later, he enrolled at the State´s School of Art and Design of Oslo, where his main teachers were August Eiebakke and from 1929 Olaf Willums. Fjell married Ingeborg Helene Holt in 1931. His debut exhibition in Oslo Art Society in 1932 was largely unsuccessful.

Kai Fjell early developed an ornamental expressionism. His pictures are heavily influenced by rural life and traditional Norwegian folk art. Fjell achieved immediate success with his exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus (The Artists" House) in 1937, where all the exhibited paintings were sold.

Fjell´s early paintings are dominated by dark and earthy hues and often has grotesque motifs (titles include The Violent Man, The Self-killer, The Hearse). His later works are significantly brighter, more daring in their use of colour, and tranquil in mood. Throughout his long career, the female figure and various fertility-symbols are recurring motifs in Fjell´´s pictures.

Kai Fjell represented Norway at the Venice Biennale 1953 and was the main exhibitor at the Bergen Festival in 1971, the same year he had a solo exhibition in Oslo. A major retrospective exhibition was displayed in the Henie-Onstad Art Centre at Høvikodden 1977. Kai Fjell was a member of the permanent jury 1939. Besides the National Gallery he is represented with works in such Rolf Stenersens meetings in Oslo and Bergen, art museums in Bergen, Trondheim and Lillehammer, Gothenburg Art Museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Helsinki Ateneum.

Kai Fjell died in his home at Lysaker near Oslo. He was active as a painter until the end of his life.

More info about Kai Fjell at Wikipedia.

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