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Nils Erik Gjerdevik (1962–2016)

Nils Erik Gjerdevik, a Danish painter, draftsmen, and ceramicist interested in color, architecture, and design, has died.

Born in Oslo, Norway, in 1962, Gjerdevik studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

Gjerdevik was commissioned to create public works by institutions such as the University of Copenhagen and the Opera House in Copenhagen. In 2001, he became a member of Den Frie Center for Contemporary Art, and in 2002, he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal.

During his three-decade career, Gjerdevik focused on creating nonfigurative and monochrome paintings often with grid-like compositions. His ceramic works referenced science fiction and often appeared to depict space stations and futuristic worlds.

Gjerdevik’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Denmark; Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Bergen Art Museum, Norway; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; Danish and Norwegian Arts Councils; Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden; and Malmö Art Museum, Sweden.

In a statement, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie said, “Aside from his professional qualities, he had an insatiable curiosity for culture of all kinds that he shared with his fellow colleagues, friends and acquaintances. He was always ready with a big smile, good humor, a bear hug, enthusiasm, and contagious lust for life.”