Welcome to the gallery of Norwegian artist Hakon Soreide.
Drawing on a mixture of inspirations, I am such contrasting things as a former naval officer, a published poet, a keen photographer, enthusiastic recorder and native american flute player, and one day during Christmas 1999 - completely by chance - I also discovered I knew how to paint.
My work spans a wide variety of styles and media, all the way from traditional oils, pencil drawings and encaustics to digital paintings, 3D renderings and computer generated imagery, with styles ranging from the completely abstract to the sensually figurative.
2012 saw me moving from my native city of Bergen in Norway to Inverness, Scotland where I am working full time as an artist and designer.
For me, art has become a fascinating journey of discovery, a voyage across uncharted seas towards the mysterious and mythical continent of limitless self-expression. As with so many other things, it's not the goal, but the anticipation of it - the journey itself - that makes it worthwhile.
To be able to express something to the full one day, effortlessly, and through any chosen medium, would take away the enchantment it is to learn how to get there. The tension between the limitations and possibilities, even visibly displaying human imperfection, is one of the things that make art interesting.
Furthermore, art should never cease to surprise even the artist, and a finished work should include both deliberate, spontaneous and random elements. Only thus can it become something beyond what it was possibe to imagine when you started creating it.
There are probably more definitions of art than there are artists. In modern aesthetics. many would say it is up to each person to define what constitutes art for them, effectively also leaving it up to the artist to display something and call it art. Whether something is good art or bad art is another matter entirely.
As for me, I usually define good art as something that is 'interesting'. There must be something about it beyond the ordinary that makes you keep your eyes on it long enough that you no longer just relate to it neutrally: Unanswered questions; a sense of wonder; form, colour and composition to catch the passing glance and make it linger.
When art succeeds as art, there is communication between the work and whoever experiences it, and you see not only the work, but something of yourself in it. Sometimes the enjoyment of an artistic work comes through analysis and an intellectual processing of meaning, sometimes it is immediate and inscrutably emotional. In both cases communication is its soul and substance.
All art exists in a strange vacuum; all media of expression, whether it be words, dance, or oil paints, offer limitations and possibilities on what can readily be expressed. All art does - in essence - make the spectators focus on these limitations, creating awareness of them, and thus making it possible to step beyond them. This awareness can in effect close the gap between what can be expressed and what cannot.