Arne Lindaas (1924-2011)
Throughout his life, the Norwegian artist Arne Lindaas exuded creativity fluidly crossing the boundaries of art, design and craft. Lindaas lived in the timber producing village of Rømskog. It was among the lush forests that he found inspiration for his carved sculptures. Walking among the trees, Lindaas would gather materials, allowing the natural qualities of the wood to dictate the resulting form, often composing the sculptures in the forest as he walked. Back in his sawdust-covered workshop, he transformed blocks of pine into sculptures that captured his graphic aesthetic and modernist sentiment.
While the work expresses this playful freedom, Lindaas was highly trained and heavily involved in the art world. He attended the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in the 1940s and would later go on to design for the Porsgrunn Porselensfabrikk. In 1949 he was hired as the first professional designer for Magnor Glassverk. Lindaas served as the artistic director of the arts and crafts collective, PLUS and held a seat on the board of the Association of Norwegian printmakers until 1972. In 1973, Lindaas completed his monumental painting titled Edesn Hage which stretched throughout Hammersborg tunnel in the center of Oslo. It was commissioned by the Oslo municipality and was immensely popular, remaining in the tunnel for nearly four decades.
The following lots are consigned directly from the estate of the artist. It is the first time the work has been shown at auction in America.