Per Inge Bjorlo in the studio at Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Gift of Kenneth Tyler 2002
Photographer: Marabeth COHEN-TYLER

Per Inge Bjorlo was born in Spjelkavik, Norway, in 1952. He trained in Norway at the College of Arts, Craft and Design in Bergen, and also at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Bjorlo has represented Norway at various international art festivals, including both the Venice and Sao Paulo biennales. He collaborated with Kenneth Tyler at Tyler Graphics on two occasions, and produced a large body of prints.

Bjorlo’s striking prints are typically executed in stark black and white, and feature haunting images of the abstracted human face.
Emilie Owens

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Born in Spjelkavik, Norway

Travels to New York; United States of America, lives on a farm in South Dakota, studies English

Attends National College of the Arts, Bergen, Norway

Studies under Else and Povl Christensen, Helsingør, Denmark

Attends National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, Norway

First solo exhibition, at the Young Artists’ Society, Oslo

Included in European graphics biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway

Included in European graphics biennale, Baden-Baden, West Germany

Solo exhibition, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden, Norway

Included in International biennale of graphic art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia;, Biennial of São-Paulo, Brazil

Included in exhibition, Norealis, Galerie Daad, Berlin, Germany

Included in Venice biennale, Italy

Included in Venice biennale

Included in exhibition, Borealis, at the Louisiana Museum, Louisiana, Denmark

Included in the Seoul international print biennale, South Korea; International biennale of drawings, Riejeka, Yugoslavia; solo exhibition, at The National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo

Solo exhibitions, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden; The family pictures, Bergen International Festival, Bergen; included in exhibition, New Expressionism, Artist’s House, Oslo

Included in group exhibition at Galleri F15, Moss, Norway

Solo exhibition, at Henie-Onstad Arts Centre, Høvikodden; included in exhibition, ARS 95, Helsinki, Finland

Solo exhibition, at Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway; completes first series of mixed-media works completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York

Included in exhibitions: Norwegian profiles, at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Extended points: three contemporary artists from Norway, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Travelling exhibition, We are all sailors and women left behind, originated at Galleri Wang, Oslo; Heads from balance series of etching/aquatints and six large linocuts completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco

Eleven linocut prints completed at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco

Completes commission for Millennium Bridge, London, with architect Sir Norman Foster and engineer Chris Wise; completes sculpture, Book of Eden, at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York; included in exhibition, Encounters, at National Gallery, London; receives Order of Merit from HM Queen Elizabeth

Completes Dark matter, a collaborative installation-performance work with conductor Christian Eggen, music by Richard Barrett, performers courtesy of ensemble Elision and Cikada, hosted by Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, Australia; solo exhibitions, at Lokstallet Konsthall, Strömstad, Sweden; Potential rooms, time share III, (Idiot's goodbye), at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway; included in Cairo International Art Biennial, Cairo, Egypt

Solo exhibitions: The perspective of doubt - conversations I, at Art Nouveau Centre, Ålesund, Norway; You're so shiny, Ma…, at Galleri Wang, Oslo, Norway

Solo exhibition, at Finnskogutstillingen, Grue Finnskog, Norway

Included in exhibition, The drawing biennial 2006, at Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

Solo exhibition, Do not tell me too much, at Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

Solo exhibitions: Story of smell and sound/ not sure of continuing?..., at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Mother - the future lies ahead of you..., at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

Included in Nordic Art Triennial, Eskilstuna, Sweden

Retrospective, Per Inge Bjørlo, at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter , Høvikodden, Norway; solo exhibition, Ringspelet II, at Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

Solo exhibitions: To you, to me, to us and the sound of crows..., at Galleri Bo Bjergaard, Copenhagen, Denmark; Per Inge Bjørlo, at Bergen Kunstmuseum, Stenersen; awarded the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal (awarded by Sweden's King for outstanding artistic work by Swedish and Nordic artists)

Per Inge Bjørlo currently lives and works in Hønefoss, Norway.

Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd., revised Kate Buckingham, 2006; revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013

This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017