Kim Hiorthøy, Too Old Too Fast, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 67 × 55".

Kim Hiorthøy, Too Old Too Fast, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 67 × 55".

Kim Hiorthøy

Standard (Oslo)

Vladimir Nabokov once wrote of the allure of the blank page, seeing in it “a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” But to other writers, the blank page is an intimidating figure, the supreme symbol of writer’s block and the self-inflicted pressure of a creative process. The fact that the untouched canvas has never grown to reach quite the symbolic heights of its paper cousin is perhaps linked with the story of modern painting. The weight of history and convention inherent in the medium can also be intimidating, but how threatening can a blank canvas be, really, when it’s already almost a monochrome?

If there is such a thing as painter’s block, however, Kim Hiorthøy wouldn’t at first glance seem like someone who’s ever suffered from it. After all, the forty-six-year-old Norwegian is known for his prolific output in a number

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