Lars Strandh

The primarily monochromatic pictures of the Swedish artist Lars Strandh can be seen in the tradition of those monochromatic artists who investigate the nature of colour and its presence/appearance.
With Strandh it is his characteristic style of brush stroke – precise, always drawn horizontally over the mounted linen canvas – that generates before the eyes of the viewer the oscillation of lines that are often applied almost tone-in-tone. These pictures appear simple although they are painted with such great precision. They appear monochromatic from a distance and yet are comprised of many finely drawn brush strokes. They are quiet pictures and invite the viewer to contemplate. But if they are not painted in deep, dark blue-black tones but surprise us with fresh reds or very light blue tones, they can also be lively. Lars Strandh’s pictures are simple and beautiful.

Lars Strandh was born in 1961 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He lives and works in Oslo, Norway since 1984.

Born 1961 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.


Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway


Ecole Superieur d´Art, Bourges, France


Master-Student at The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo

Scholarships and Grants 


Erasmus Scholarship for Studies at Ecole Superieur D´Art, Bourges


The Foundation of Thv. Eriksen


The Norwegian working-grant for 3 years

2006/01/00 & 1997/99

Artists’ Consideration Foundation

2007,-02 & 1997

The Department of Cultural Affairs Exhibition-grant


OCA International Support


The Artists Association’s Blom Grant

2016, -12, -10, -06 & 1999

The Foundation of Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard



Fifty shades of red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich


Faszination Farbe, monochrom minimal konkret internationale Positionen, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

Behind the Horizon, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils


International Plein Air Mark Rothko, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils


Zwischen Konstruktion und Reduktion 2, Sammlung Hupertz

Lars Strandh, Galerie Renatae Bender

It’s all about the sea, Galerie Provence


Lars Strandh: New Works on Linen, Nashville Scene

Lars Strandh, New works on linen

Galeri Provence

Galleri Semmingsen 10-år, catalogue


Lars Strandh 

Nord Art 2008

Ausdruck, Position, Spuren


Open Studios, Artefact Pardo Gallery, Lake Worth


Konstruktiv Tendens, 25 år

Farger og speilinger, Dagbladet


Paint it black now on exhibit, Asbury Park press


A show where light is very heavy, New York Times


Lars Strandh

Collections and Public Commissioned Arts 

The National Center for Contemporary Arts, Minsk

Gemeinde Järfälla Arts Committee, Järfälla

Sammlung der Universität Oslo, Oslo

Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils

Sammlung der Gemeinde Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Sammlung der Gemeinde Värnamo

Ministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten von Norwegen, Oslo

Sammlung des Straßenverkehrsamtes, Oslo

Der Schwedische Kunstrat, Stockholm

Der Norwegische Kulturrat, Oslo

Sammlung der nationalen Stiftung der öffentlich in Auftrag gegebenen Kunst, Oslo

Sammlung des Landes Östergötland, Östergötland

H.M. Queen Sonja’s Jubiläumssammlung, Oslo

Sammlung der TELENOR Group, Oslo

Sammlung Maximilian und Agathe Weishaupt, München

Sammlung Hupertz, Hamburg

Museum Haugesunds Billedgalleri, Haugesund

Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt

Sammlung des Unternehmens Statoil, Stavanger

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2022Memories, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg 
as light transforming color - Kristin Lindberg and Lars Strandh, Drammen Art Museum, Norway
Jus Juchtmans - Lars Strandh - Two European Positions in Minimalist Paintings, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Timeless Lines - Infinies vibration, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

Selected Poems - New Drawings, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway


Sisyphus - a one week drawing performance and exhibition, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome
Ewerdt Hilgemann, Sculpture - Lars Strandh, Paintings, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg


Joe Barnes - Lars Strandh - The Presence of the Monochrome, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg


Lars Strandh Malerei + Sabine Staub Plastic, Galerie Kautsch, Michelsstadt
Selected Poems - Works on Paper, Zeitgeist Gallery,  Nashville


Et le ciel etait bleu, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Paintings, Flaménska Galleriet, Borås


Im Kabinett, Galerie Wenger, Zurich
Listen to your Eyes, Nordland Music Festival Exhibitor, Bodø Kunstforening
Recollections from the North, Factory 49, Sydney
Recollections from the South West, Galleri Gann, Sandnes
Lars Strandh à l´honneur chez radial, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Behind the Horizon, Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk


Behind the Horizon, Vitebsk Art Museum, Vitebsk
Behind the Horizon, Siauliai Art Gallery, Siauliai
Behind the Horizon, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia
Night Visions, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Trace Elements, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Exsisto, Akerus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm


Being there, Galleri Dag Andersson, Norrköping
Kind of blue, Galleri Åkern, Kongsberg
Simpicité Complexe, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
It’s all about the sea, Galerie Provence, Vadum
Side by side, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich


Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg


Hidden Places, Buderup Ødekirke


Galleri LNM, Oslo
Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Galerie Schlegl, Zurich


Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo
Haugesund Billedgalleri, Haugesund


Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm


Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo


Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo
Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen


Gothenburg Art-association, Gothenburg

Group exhibitions (selection)

2022Norrköping Non-Figuration 2022, Galleri Sander/NP33, Norrköping, Sweden
The Spring Show, Galerie Pugliese Levy, Berlin

The Annual Christmas Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
Summer in the City, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
Covimetry, Ely Center of Contemporary Arts, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Found in the Collection, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia
Coast to Coast - works on paper by Zeitgeist artists, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Alle - Grand Finale, Galerie Wenger, Zurich

2020The Christman Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Summer time, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
Bonanza-za-za, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm
Bien chez soi avec Radial, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Group Show, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Punkt und Linie zur Fläche frei nach Kandinsky, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich

Winter Show - L'hiver à la galerie Radial, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
small matters - Kunst im kleinen Format, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
Blue matters, Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
Similarities and differences - 4 positions (curated by Lars Strandh), Galerie Wenger, Zurich
Big Circle - Into a happy mood, M17 Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
Xanadu - Zeitgeist 25 years, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
How white is only the wise know, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich


It was one Christmas, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Small is beautyful, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
ALLE*, Galerie Wenger, Zurich
Hydrography V, e9a, projectspace for abstract and minimal art, Freiburg
Summer in the city, Galerie Kautsch, Michelsstadt
Feed your Soul - Le Noir et le Rouge, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Fiction. (With Only Daylight Between Us.) v.2., Srt Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio


Roter Kunstsalon, Museum Villa Rot, Burgreiden
En konstruktiv Tendens, Tomarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge
Luminous Animals, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta


Small is Beautiful, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Fiction. (With Only Daylight Between Us.) v.2., Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg
Fiction. (With Only Daylight Between Us). v. 2, Corridor, Dayton, Ohio
Roter Kunstsalon, Villa Rot Museum, Burgreiden
Zeitgeist Retrospective, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Kinder wie die Zeit Verghet, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Fifty Shades of Red, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
En konstruktiv Tendens, NP 33, Norrköping


ALLE, Galerie Wenger, Zurich
Presence - Stillness - Moment - Reflection, Trafo Kunsthall, Asker
Therely Bare Redux, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Kentucky
En konstruktiv Tendens, Åminne Bruks Museum. Värnamo
Therely Bare Redux, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Radical Abstraction, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Anual Group Show, Factory 49, Sydney
Capetillo/Tegtmeier/Strandh, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Vrå
Mostly Monochrome, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
4th Anniversary Show, 2014, NOoSPHERE Arts, New York


After St-Art, Radial Art Contemporain, Strasbourg
Faszination FARBE , KUNSTHAUS Fürstenfeldbruck
Blottr, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
3 years + 3 days, NOoSPHERE Arts, New York


The assemblance of presence, Galerie Wenger, Zurich
The Medium’s Session,  Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Gold – Exhibition of the Collection, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils
A house full of friends, NOoSPHERE Arts, New York


Open studios, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Zeitgeist Open Studio, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville
Galleri Gann, Sandnes
Mark Rothko Residency 2012, Daugavpils Museum for Regional Studies and Art, Daugavpils
Non-Figurativ, Edsvik Konsthall, Stockholm
To be looked at…,Close to…, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
L’été chez Radial,  Radial Art Contemprain, Strasbourg


Appartement d'un collectionneur I, Galerie Gimpet et Müller, Paris
White – Hot, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
Cheekwood nights, Cheekwood museum of art, Nashville
Northstars, White, Gallery .NO, New York
Punkt–Linie–Fläche, C.Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin
An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary
Therely Bare, AVA Gallery, Chattanooga


Winter, Galerie Schlegl, Zurich
Monochromes II, Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Summer Special, Galerie Schlegl, Zurich
Galerie Provence, Vadum


What's out there? , Galerie Renate Bender, Munich
Von der Poesie des Geometrischen, Neue Sächsische Galerie, Chemnitz


To Be Looked at… , Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Ausdruck, Position, Spuren, Kunstverein Wiligrad, Lübstorf
Dialogues, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Surfaces – an exhibition about monochromatic paintings, Galleri F15, Jeløy
Singular, Luxe Gallery, New York


Konstruktive Tendenzen, Museum Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt
Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo


Paint it Black, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, New Jersey


Concrete, Non-figurative paintings in Norway 1920-2000, Lillehammer Art Museum, Bergen Art Museum and Trondheim Art Museum, Lillehammer


Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo


G. Keyt Int. Artist Camp 2000", The National Gallery, Colombo