Poster Nordkapp Filmfestival 2014


It is with great pleasure we present the 11th poster of NFF, this time in the form of a painting by Bjarne Holst (1944-1993). Holst, a well-known visual artist, was born and raised in Honningsvåg. His breakthrough as an artist came with his exhibit in The Society of Young Artists in 1970, and in the same year he was included in the prestigious annual Autumn Exhibition. His work can be found in galleries and museums both at home and abroad, for example in the Norwegian National Gallery.

Bjarne Holst (1944-1993)

The visual artist Bjarne Holst was born and raised in Honningsvåg. His breakthrough as an artist came with his exhibit in The Society of Young Artists in 1970, and in the same year he was included in the prestigious annual Autumn Exhibition. His work can be found in galleries and museums both at home and abroad, for example in The Nordkapp Museum, The art museum of Northern Norway and the Norwegian National Gallery. His 1970s paintings are grounded in the surrealism predominant in European art between the two world wars. In this period, his work was critical of the social conditions of his time, with special attention being paid to the hypocrisy of the Church and the Bureaucracy. In the 1980s and 90s he mainly focused on presenting a mystical landscape based on the nature of his native Magerøya.
The painting “The Bird of Sarcery IV (1977) shows a mother-in-law who believes she is a powerful witch. The painting is from a series of six small acryl paintings where Holst shows the Indian myth of “The Bird of Sarcery”. The myth tells of a young man who is accused of being lazy by his mother-in-law. To prove her wrong, he decides to kill a monster who lives in a lake and preys on humans and whales. With the aid of a bird he fashions a trap and captures the beast. He then dresses in the beast’s skin and captures fish which he then presents to his mother-in-law, who, under the impression that she has tamed the beast, believes herself to be a powerful witch. The myth ends with the young man revealing the truth of the beast’s nature, upon which his mother-in-law dies of shame. An earlier illustration of the myth, painted by Holst in 1968, can be found in Nordkapp Library.

“The bird of Sarcery IV”, from a private collection.

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