DGA (Digital Graphic Art):
After working with traditional lithography in the 80’s and 90’s, I was skeptical about working digitally.
But I fell in love with the DGA technique after the first time I tried it. To incorporate the newest technology into my own work of art allowed me to experiment freely with all its options, and made me into a braver artist.
I was able to see worlds I never could have seen by using other methods, and there I discovered new motifs that I eventually painted as well.
After the digital work is done, the motif is ready to be printed. Nothing is comparable to the DGA printing process – with 12 colors used, it gives a richness and a range of color that will make any painter happy.
The method of DGA allows me to expand, combine and invent new images, or lift already developed compositions.
I take my paintings, lithographs and drawings, photograph or scan the material and create an entire new piece of art.
I started working with lithography in the late 80’s up until today.
In Norway, the caliber of lithography printing is very high. At the workshops I met colleagues and discussed the various complicated and challenging methods of printing – I think that’s one of the main reasons why I’ve been working with lithography extensively. I always enjoyed trying new things, which makes everything more fun!
It’s important to find a printer that understands you and can help you get to where you want to go artistically. His experience is fundamental and can help push your boundaries.
I’ve been working with Jørund Sørensen, the last 10-15 years and have never been more familiar and experienced in the lithography universe.
We print as many as 12-16 colors per print, and that means I need to draw and paint on 16 stones, in order to complete a lithograph. It takes me 3-4 weeks to finish a series of lithos. The tradition of lithography has been in practice since the late 1700’s, even with such a rich tradition, I think some of the most existing lithographies are being made today.
I use acrylic paint/gesso on each individual print, through my brush technique I emphasize highlights and colors, giving certain areas of the art work a personal touch. After the paint dries, I further increase the colors of these areas using waxy crayons.