Distorted Portraits in a Dreamlike State by Henrik Uldalen

Painting by Henrik Uldalen

Self-taught artist Henrik Uldalen puts a contemporary spin on 19th century figurative painting. Combining realistic styling with distortion, portraits of people are wiped away and obscured, as if Uldalen is trying to erase their memory. He’s interested in the dark side of life, exploring themes of nihilism, existentialism, and loneliness, juxtaposed with subjects’ vulnerable beauty. Devoid of a background, they live in a limbo or dreamlike state that are open for viewer interpretation.

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