Andreas Mandal Fortes

Born/raised: Trondheim, Norway / 1984

Education: Honours Degree, Fine Art (painting) / City & Guilds of London Art School, UK / 2008

Mandal Fortes is predominantly concerned with painting as form and format. The situational (and material circumstances,) has a tendency to lay grounds for the artist's strategies in approaching the work, and he sees painting as an unfolding field of evocation and discovery. This opens up to a variety of different utilisations, dependent on the work's position.

The artist considers the act of painting, and the studio situation, as such, a panoptic vantage point in his work, in as much as the paintings themselves often function as artifice in a larger reading.

Mandal Fortes sees the imaginative and fantastical as an invitation for his exploration into the other – the solemn to its frivolous counterpart – attempting foothold onto, and making sense of the oscillating pendulum between diametrically opposed polarities. As culturally and ethnically mixed himself, the amalgamation of the artist's interests, arising from his reluctance to singularly identify, lie in the unexplored, the undefined, the unresolved mercurial stream down the Yin Yang of painterly ontology; The Hintergedanken; The afterthought; The right fly in the right ointment.

Andreas Mandal Fortes lives and works in Trondheim.

Selected works

Podium

Oil on MDF
Approx. 30 x 32 cm

Spectre

Oil on canvas
Approx. 100 x 70 cm

Initial Stages I

Oil/acrylic on canvas
Approx. 18 x 12 cm

Marzipan Fiction

Oil/acrylic on hardboard
Approx 55 x 90 cm

Gemma ex Cauda Pavonis III, II, VI, I

Oil/acrylic on MDF

Diverging in the Yellow Woods

Oil/acrylic on MDF
Approx. 45 x 60 cm

Omnivourous Tackle Box III (Ouroboric Agitator)

Oil on canvas
Approx. 120 x 90 cm

Cactaceae ex Cauda Pavonis VII, XI, XII

Oil/acrylic on hardboard
Approx. 35 x 25 cm

Sigilum I, II, III, IV

Oil/acrylic on hardboard
Approx. 20 x 14 cm

En Tropical Desertion

Oil on MDF
Approx. 90 x 90 (x2)

Lyset legger begge retninger bak seg II, IV

Oil/acrylic on plywood
Approx. 20 x 38 cm

What Could Possibly Go Wrong And Eat Me

Oil on canvas
Approx. 100 x 70 cm

My Favourite Kind Of Creepy Is Silly

Oil on canvas
Approx. 35 x 45 cm

Vintage Megajar

Oil/acrylic on MDF
Approx. 65 x 100 cm

I Hate All These Girls So Hot Right Now

Oil/acrylic on MDF
Approx. 60 x 60 cm
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Euclidean Common Notions (detail)

Oil/acrylic on plywood