Gallery Espolin

Address: Storvåganveien 22, 8310 Kabelvåg Date: Wednesday 21 oct 2020 - Monday 31 May 2021 Show map

Address: Storvåganveien 22, 8310 Kabelvåg

Kaare Espolin Johnson was known for his distinctive depiction of Northern Norwegian coastal culture. At Galleri Espolin you can immerse yourself in his extensive artistic career.

 

The living conditions and toil of the fishermen, powerful storms and dramatic depictions of the sea and life in Lofoten – these are recurring motifs in the works of Kaare Espolin Johnson. In Galleri Espolin more than 200 of these works are on display, spanning all the way from the artist’s tentative beginnings until his death in 1994. A visit here will bring you one step closer to this exceptional artist.

The gallery at Storvågan was designed by architect Gisle Jakhelln, who drew inspiration from traditional Icelandic building techniques (Kaare Espolin Johnson had Icelandic ancestors). Espolin Johnson’s art is exhibited in the building’s many grand and elegant rooms.

Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994) grew up in Finnmark and Bodø, but lived most of his adult life in Oslo. He retained an honorary artist’s residence at Svinøya outside Svolvær for several years, and after a few years he acquired a summer house at Osen – not far from the gallery. His fascination and love for Lofoten is clearly apparent in his paintings.

Espolin Johnson had very impaired vision, hence many of his pictures were painted from memory as he delved into past experiences. For the same reason, the artist used a limited colour scheme and mostly preferred to work in black and white. He focused on light, lines and compositions in his own distinctive style, which gave him complete artistic originality.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions, Galleri Espolin houses guest exhibitions by both regional and national artists.

Did you know...
... Kaare Espolin Johnson is represented in the National Gallery with as much as 39 paintings?

Galleri Espolin is located at Storvågan by Kabelvåg, a 10 minute drive from Svolvær.
In conjunction with Lofotmuseet and Lofoten Aquarium, Galleri Espolin makes up the SKREI Heritage Centre in Storvågan.

Following your art experience, you may want to visit Lofotmuseet and Lofoten Aquarium and get a bit closer to the nature, culture and history of Lofoten. At Lofotmuseet you can see the fishing village owner’s 19th century farm, browse Lofot fishing exhibitions, visit fishermen’s cottages and even stroll through a historical garden. At Lofoten Aquarium you can immerse yourself in an extraordinary underwater world, and come up close with fish and marine life. «A taste of Lofoten» you’ll get at Nyvågar Rorbuhotel which is situated nearby and offers overnight accommodation, delicious food and its very own aquavit bar.

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Occasions

Date Time    
30 Oct
Friday 30 oct 2020 11:00 - 15:00
2 Nov
Monday 2 nov 2020 11:00 - 15:00
3 Nov
Tuesday 3 nov 2020 11:00 - 15:00
4 Nov
Wednesday 4 nov 2020 11:00 - 15:00

About this activity

Phone number (booking)
+47 76 15 40 00 / 76 07 84 05
Contact person email
Opening hours
Jan 4–Apr 30: Mon-Fri 11am–3pm May 1–May 31: Daily 11am–3pm Jun 1–Aug 15: Daily 10am–6pm Aug 16–Aug 31: Daily 11am–3pm Sep 1–Dec 16: Mon-Fri 11am–3pm Closed for Easter and May 17
Price information
Adult kr 100 Child kr 50 Student/senior kr 80 A visit to the Espolin Gallery can be combined with a visit to both the Lofoten Museum and the Lofoten Aquarium. Special price is offered when visiting all three attractions at Skrei!
Certification for their environmental efforts by:
Eco-Lighthouse

Nearby accommodations

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Cabin with seaview

Distance: 105 meters
Like having your own little house by the seafront in Lofoten! The cabins are 50 m2 over 2 levels and have a private bathroom with toilet and shower, living room and dining area for 4 people. Equipped kitchenette with hobs, coffee machine, kettle, micro and refrigerator. Free WiFi and parking. 2 bedrooms with two comfortable beds in each room, lovely duvets and hotel pillows. Bed linen, towels and final cleaningh are included in the rent.
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Distance: 1.1 km
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Distance: 1.1 km
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