Mountains Much Mightier
Danish landscape painting has a history of more than
250 years, in which every generation of painters has seen and interpreted
nature with their eyes, their optics. Therefore, our landscape painting
has been endlessly developing since the middle of the 17th. Century.
Our time also holds its landscape painters, who thematically use
nature to tell a story about our age. Many of the younger artists
describe nature mostly through video and photography, as this opens
new possibilities to experiment with the visual effects. Among the
very few Danish artists of the quite young generation, who paint
landscape pictures and who instinctively feel drawn by nature, preferably
in its grandest, purest form, is Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen.
With a sense of the drama of the landscape, he paints its complexity
and richness in detail with a romantic disposition.
The raw and untouched mountain landscapes are the ones which fascinate
Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen. The wild, virginal nature at impracticable
heights has inspired him to a series of vertical landscapes where
the heights alone may impose a sinking feeling. Only recently did
Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen make an acquaintance with Greenland
which was of decisive significance to his latest paintings. The
meeting with the grand, arctic landscape with steep hills against
an ice blue sky became an artistic challenge to Bjørn Pierri
Enevoldsen, which resulted in a series of pictures that shows a
rare dramatic view of nature, which fully recalls Kant’s words
about the sublime feeling that can only occur when confronted with
the formless, unmeasurable, that which cannot be synthesized in
the senses. To Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen the sublime does not
only emerge in the experience of the formless, the unlimited, but
also on the background of the exaggerated serenity that these mountain
landscapes reveal. The bright sunlight makes the glistening, white
peaks in the paintings seem equally far away, which offers a feeling
of standing in front of space eternal - Cosmos, if you will.
With his grandiose mountain pictures Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen
has deliberately sought an untouched nature, which has in no way
been in contact with civilization. Not even with the great expeditions
which are known from, among other places, Thorkild Hansen’s
marvellous book about Jens Munk and his merits in the Arctic, where
by way of introduction it says: “Outside the usual evening
scenario started. The ice curlings were parted into golden and dark
violet flakes. The snow faded into blue. Winter lingered on. You
would have thought that by now it was a full season behind ...”
With Jens Munk as well as with Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen the
arctic landscape appears raw and unapproachable, like a primitive
nature, drawing the sharp outlines up against the blue sky with
its cool colouring.
Violet, rose pink and turquoise colours from the sun substantiate
the spectacular in Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen’s landscapes.
Intensely and instinctively mankind’s insignificance and powerlessness
is felt against the gigantic icebergs and calving glaciers. The
infinitely great in the paintings gives the impression of a painter
with equal amounts of courage and humbleness. Certainly it is splendid
in this the 21st Century daring to take up the tradition from the
masters of the romantic landscape paintings and seek even mightier
mountains than so many other painters of our age.
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