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Hand-finished prints, edition of 5
Atle Østrem is a 33-year-old artist from Stavanger, Norway. He has been painting graffiti since the mid 90s, and creating artwork on canvas since 2000. Fascinated by the contrast between ugliness and beauty, he explores the “beauglyful” zone that takes place when the two combine. His strong iconic existential characters are at once playful and dark, childlike and thoughtfully provocative. They inhabit an interior world and capture those fleeting elements of daily life and emotion, that once we shine a spotlight on them, have the power to show us what it means to be human. Østrem does not consider himself a street artist, nor a fine artist, but something in between. Something beauglyful.