Ansgar Ole Olsen

I am a sculptor and craft artist, working mainly with metals. Before I started my artistic career I worked for 6 years in a ship yard, welding big ships. This background has influenced my artistic work; I find it interesting to issue themes from the working class arena, industry and machines. From the very start of my career up to today creating art for public spaces has been my most important work. I also have solo exhibitions, and send my work to group exhibitions in Norway and abroad.

With this project at “Dream Hamar” and the “cultural rucksack” I try to share my broad experience on working with models in a given scale, developing ideas and helping the pupils to visualize them.


Date of birth: 21.09.52.
Place of birth: Lyngen, Norway

National College of Art and Design, Oslo, Norway, 1982 – 86
Norwegian College of Traditional Crafts , Voss, 1981 – 82
Solo Exhibitions:
Kunstbanken,Hedmark Regional Art Centre, Hamar, 2008
Gallery Fjordheim, Biri, Norway, 2008
Nordnorsk Regional Art Centre, Svolvær, Norway, 2002
Format Gallery, Bergen, Norway, 2001
Oppland Regional Art Centre, Lillehammer, Norway, 2000
Sørlandet Regional Art Centre, Gallery 9, Kristiansand, Norway, 1999
Oppland Regional Art Centre, Lillehammer, Norway, 1989
Gallery Albin Upp, Oslo, Norway, 1988
Annual Exhibition of Art and Crafts:
1986, 88, 97, 99, 2000, 2oo4, 2009

Group Exhibitions:
”Modus Operandi” Opplandsutstillingen- 09, Gallery Zink, Lillehammer, 2009, and Nordenfjeldske Museum off Appleid Art, Trondheim, 2010
”Collect-08” Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2008
”Meccano” Sørlandets Art Center Kristiansand, 2007
”Works” Nordic Crafts, Kunsbanken, Regional Art Center, Hamar, 2007
”Schmuckaus Norwegen”, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Leipzig, 2004
”Norwegian Highligts” Galerie De Compagnie, Dordrecht, Nederland, 2003
«10 x10» Format Gallery, Oslo, 2001
«Tid» Norwegian Association for Art and Crafts, East Norway,Anniversary Exhibition, Hamar, 2001
«Trilleverk» Norwegian Association for Art and Crafts, Anniversary Exhibition, Oslo, 2001
«Fortuna»Gallery Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway, 2001
«Haf» Tromsø Arts Society, Norway, 1999
Sandefjord Arts Society, Norway, 1999
«Summer exhibition», Oppland Regional Art Centre, Lillehammer, 1999
«Kunst O’Hoi», Kapp Melkefabrikk, Kapp, Norway,1998
«Metropolis», Kunstnerforbundet Gallery, Oslo, 1998
Kongsberg Arts Society, Norway, 1997
«Tendenser», Gallery F- 15, Moss Jeløy, Norway, 1995
«Ildmilkje», Peder Balke Art Centre Gallery, Kapp, Norway. 1994
«Kunstens Mangfold», Gjøvik Arts Society, Norway, 1994
«Østlands Utstillingen», Regional Annual Art Exhbition, 1993
«4 fra Mjøsa», Ryfylke Arts Society, Norway, 1993
«4 Crafts Artists», Oppland Regional Art Centre, Lillehammer, 1993
«4 Crafts Artists», The Trondheim Museum of Applied Art, Trondheim, 1992
«4 Crafts Artists», Holst Halvorsen Art Gallery, Oslo, 1992
«Taiga», Norwegian Forestry Museum, Elverum, Norway, 1991

The Museum of Applied Art, Trondheim, 2009
The Art Museum of Northern Norway, Tromsø, 2002
The Vest Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen, 1999
The Oslo Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, 1998
Norwegian Ministry of Transport, 1997
Norwegian Council of Culture, 1988, 1995

Østre Toten Libary and Town Hall, Lena, Norway, 2011
Snertingdal primary and secondary schools, 2009
Brennhaugen Kinder Garden, Trondheim, 2009
Sami science building, Kautokeino, 2009
Røren Primaryschool, Hokksund, Hokksund, County, 2007
Tømmerli live and active center, Brumunddal, 2006
Bio-house, Hamar, 2005
Eidskog school, Eidskog County, 2004
Mysen Primaryschool, Eidsberg County, 2004
Østre Toten Library and Town Hall, Lena, Norway, 2003
Lillehammer Nursinghome, Lillehammer, Norway, 2001
Veldre Church, Brumunddal, Norway, 2000
The National Highways Department, Akershus, Norway, 1999
Toten Highschool, Lena, Norway, 1999
Segaard Churtch, Snertingdal, Norway, 1997
Sandnessjøen Hospital, Sandnessjøen, Norway, 1996
Fagernes Posting Station, Fagernes, Norway, 1994
Bodø Airport, Bodø, Norway, 1992
Prestrudsenteret Retirement Home, Hamar, Norway, 1991

The National Guaranteed Minimum Income for Artist, 2006
The National Scholarship for Artists, Travel and study, 1999
The National 3 Year Scholarship for Artists, 1996 – 98