Biography of Magne Furuholmen
Successful pop star turned visual artist, Magne Furuholmen's talent knows no bounds. The former keyboardist of the Norwegian sunshine-ballad-pop band A-ha has since produced intriguing etchings and woodcuts inspired by his musical background. One such series—entitled Norwegian Wood—draws on the Beatles' song for its visual vocabulary. Particularly fascinated by printing techniques, Furuholmen finds the act of carving designs into wood particularly performative, the outcome of which harnesses the energy of the artist's hand.
Born in 1962, Furuholmen is still very much involved in the music scene, most notably with the multinational musician and artist collective Apparatjik, whose performances are famous for taking place in a white cube installed in public places. Furuholmen's artistic work has been exhibited extensively, in Beijing at The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum as well as in his native Norway in the Lillehammer Art Museum and the Norwegian Graphics Union. Furuholmen's work can be found in the collections of London Contemporary Art, The Norwegian State Archives, and The Norwegian Culture Council amongst many others.