The idea for this painting, kind of came out of nowhere. It is part of the series Nord which is a body of work that homes in on the nordics in terms of the people the light and the atmosphere. This canvas captures a situation that we all know. You have arranged to meet someone on a date, and because people rarely arrive at the same time, there is always a matter of waiting.

While you wait for someone important, all emotions can flow through you in a very short space of time. You might either have a rumbly tumbly or butterflies in the stomach. The next second you might get bored or impatient. At some point you wonder whether the person is either run over by a bus or has decided to be ‘fashionably’ late.

That is why the facial expressions and body postures alternate in this motif but have been frozen in one time stamp. “Waiting” became the ‘working title’ or gallery name for this work.

For this to work as a compressed piece of time, it was necessary to mess up the planes and perspective a little. It becomes more dynamic when it is not altogether clear what’s foreground, middle and background. We just see a young woman in the foreground in three semi transparent layers, some bits of restaurant chairs in and out of focus, and a couple of crisply rendered glasses.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #2G, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 100x150cm.

2g in situ