Summer EveningGreen Self PortraitWooden HorseWooden Horse IIICompositionThree BrothersActor Leif JacobsenWith Dog and GlassesClapperHorseman and NestThe National Portraits: King and CowMirrorMeetingBoy with DogAbout Being a DuckLars Tiller ILars TillerLars Tiller on HorsebackThe JourneyTrophySelf Portrait with MallardRequiemThe EggPortrait of a HorsemanSymbiosisBoy on a ChairLieutenant GlahnEdvardaÆsopProfessor John UgelstadEdvardaEditor Arve SolstadArve Solstad IThe BranchThree Phases of TravelJourney in a Chair IWild Seedling IJourney in a ChairClapperMeeting ILate Night PartyStill LifeSelf Portrait in ChairJack RabbitHRH King Harald VH. M. King Harald VH. M. Kong Harald VH.M. Queen SonjaStill Life IStill Life I (detalj)Rut TellefsenEllen HornHenrik IbsenAir MattressBattle Scenesofa idyllRed SofaColosseum2005Peer Gynt 2007Peer GyntPeer GyntTerritory20072007201020102010201020102010HundCarlos IVLesende eselGoya, selvportrettDen som ikke kanFalk og klodeFløytespillerenKontorstol IPortrait of an equestrianAviator IThe Birds of Gaza2009200820092009200920092009Requiem for the children of Gaza 2009The Collection2009Ramzi AburedwanFamily PortraitGuardians of the SecretThe TreeMøte IGutt med hundA New MeetingJente med falk IJente med falk II2011 Parafrase2011 ParafraseCarlos IV, Paraphrase over GoyaAugust Von MackensenInfante Francisco De Paula Antonio Ludwig I of BavariaCrown Prince Rudolf of Austria-HungaryLouis XVInfanta Maria Teresa, Paraphrase  over Velazquez The children of Charles I, Paraphrase of Van DyckDon Fernando, parafrase over GoyaWenche FossNils Aas KunstverkstedNils Aas KunstverkstedNils Aas KunstverkstedNils Aas KunstverkstedPhoto: Henning Lystad/Nils Aas Kunstverksted.
From Agdenes to Trondheim

In 1990 Gullvåg moved back to Trondheim. The same year he exhibited once again in Gallery Dobloug and participated in the group-exhibition “Norwegian Art” in Horsens, Denmark. In 1992 his paintings were selected for the exhibition “5 Norwegian Painters” Rouen, France.

Since the early ‘90s he has developed the painting further, towards what we still consider to be his foremost characteristic: An almost voluptuous baroque style, in which the motif is sketched quickly, with well-placed brushstrokes in sharp colours, against an often monochrome background. Figuration is suggested, with just enough information for the viewer to grasp it, yet still not enough for the viewer to be sure of what he has grasped. As such, the pictures exist in their own universe, somewhere between the concrete and the transcendental. The mode of painting helps to underscore a theme increasingly found in Gullvåg’s art: the transience of being. The moment is irrevocably gone; it exists only as a vague memory, perhaps supported by photographs or preserved objects. Disquiet assumes a central position in his pictures.

His childhood still provides an important source for inspiration, yet we eventually see how his own children are woven into the circle of motifs. The child’s adventures and experiences function as a means for further progress and actualisation – a corrective for Gullvåg’s own childhood.

At this time there is also a turn towards literary painting. In 1991 he began to work on a series the impetus for which was Hamsun’s novel Pan (1894). This resulted in a larger cycle of paintings stretching into 1995. In 1995 the pictures were exhibited in Trondheim Art Museum, Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Galleri Vielle du Temple, Paris, and Hamarøy, in connection with the “Hamsun Days” festival. Moreover, an exhibition of lithographic works from the Pan series was shown in a number of countries under the auspices of the Norwegian Foreign Office.

Important paintings

Portraits of John Ugelstad (1992), professor of chemistry and close friend of the artist (a triptych was purchased by The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø)
Boy on a Chair (private owner)