Jon Boe Paulsen

Jon Boe

 I consider myself as an artist belonging to the group 
of new realists where the human being is looked
upon in a new light and painted strongly figurative.
The meaning of Clair Obscure, in Italian chiaroscuro,
is light in the darkness. Less light, less color. Some
of Rembrandts paintings are almost grey. Classical
paintings of that order last longer in the eye of the
viewer because of their restricted use of color.
That is some of the reasons why I work with plain
and few earth colors and very seldom part from that
rule unless it is absolutely necessary. An exception
was the painting “Beneath The Façade” where it
was necessary to create the women’s pearls and gold
ridden costumes.
To be able to convey a story with one single painting.
A comparison of painting of nudes for example in a
competition, which the art world also is full of, doesn’t
necessarily convey anything that resembles art even if
the skin is ever so smooth and the position of the
model is perfect. In my view it is only the basic idea
in the composition of message that can reveal art. It
doesn’t matter if the painting was poorly constructed if
it shows signs of temperament.
In the print department back in my student days in
the US I met a veteran of lithography making. A man
of Irish/American decent, and he taught me the tough
principles of having your image stick to the stone
surface and train restlessly with this mirrored way of
drawing. A litho stone remembers even the fingerprints
from your thumb and it can hardly be corrected.
I’ve never forgot the rules and it was useable in oil,
watercolor and charcoal as well. One of them was:
“Don’t be too tough with you pencil when you draw.
Not too much information when you catch the line.
Do not underestimate your audience,"


1977 Eksamen Artium, Oslo, NO (College degree)
1979 School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
1980-1984 Norwegian State Art Academy, Oslo, NO (Master degree)
Juried Group Exhibitions (Selected):
• 2017 - 2018 ModPortrait. IAACC Pablo Serrano Museum of Zaragoza. 30 May - 17 June. MEAM. Museu Europeu d'Art Modern. 22 june - 29 july. Barcelona. Spain
• 2011 - 2018 Art Renewal Center International Salon Finalist
• 2017 "Something more than realism" Galeria Artelibre. Zaragoza. Spain
• "Portrait Now 2017" Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark. Ljungberg museum, Sweden.
• 2015 Participant at USEUM 7 Oct. -7 Nov.  Le Dame Art Gallery. Mélia White House. Regent's Park. London. UK
• 2014 IGOR annual juried exhibition Robert Lange Studios, Charleston. SC 
• 2013 Saatchi Online Competition, Finalist, "Black Swan"
• 2013 International Guild of Realism (IGOR),"Portrait of Two Souls", 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Tempe, AZ, USA
• 2012 Salon d'Automne, "Portrait of Two Souls", Autumn Festival, Champs Elysee, Paris, FR
• 2009 ICO Gallery, Indian summer, Oil painting, Three lithographs. New Motion for Figure Exhibition, Tribeca. Manhattan, NY, USA
• 1997 Norwegian State Art Exhibition, "Twins or Clones. You choose" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
• 1996 IBSEN Festival, collection;"A Doll's House", National Theatre, Oslo, NO
• 1995 The East community State Art Exhibition, Oslo and surrounding areas. Norway "After a Hundred Years Sleep" Oil, Travelling exhibition.
• 1993 Norwegian State Art Exhibition, "Charcoal study from "Shadows and Victims", The Artist's House, Oslo NO
• 1991 Norwegian State Art Exhibition, "Dreams" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
• 1990 Norwegian State Art Exhibition, "The Generals Morning" Oil, The Artist's House, Oslo, NO
• 1983 Salon d'Automne 80 Years Jubilee,"The Policeman Who Cried", Autumn Festival, Grand Palais, Paris FR
• 60 separate /collective exhibitions, NO, US, England & FR
• 2018 Top 100 Award "Artist of the Year" Circle Foundations. Lyon. France
• 2016 First Prize Winner IGOA (international Gallery of the Arts) the competition "No Theme" The painting "Notorious".
• 2016 Finalist The FALL NOAPS international ON-LINE Exhibit. The painting "Notorious."
• 2011 - 2018 Art Renewal Center Finalists. NJ. US.
• 2014 First Prize Winner Artavita 10th contest
• 2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 12
• 2013 Boldbrush Painting Competition, Finalist, "Dead Ringer" Oil, December
• 2013 RayMar Art Painting Competition, Finalist,"Beyond The Facade" Oil, 7th Annual Competition, Month 8
• 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition, Winner of the Class, "Romeo & Juliette", Outstanding Watercolor Exhibition
Art Affiliations:
• 2011 ARC Associate Living Master, Art Renewal Center (ARC), Port Reading, NJ, US
• 1983 Akershus Bildene Kunstnere, Oslo, NO
• 2017 Galeria artelibre Anuario "Arte y Libertad XII" Art yearbook from the gallery Artelibre. Spain.
• "Portrait Now" The Carlsberg Foundation Portrait Prize 2017
• 2017 Art & Beyond Art Expo NY Special March/April
• 2016 Exquisite Arts Magazine November Issue
• 2011 - 2018 Art Renewal Center, International Salon Catalogue (Juried, Finalist, Selected Artists)
• 2014 International Artist Magazine August/September Issue
• 2014 Art & Beyond July/ August
• 2013 American Art Collector. The IGOR exhibition. Tempe Center for the Arts. AZ.
• 2013 MEAM Catalog, "Figuratives 13", Barcelona SP
• 2012 Art & Beyond Magazine, July/August Issue. Online version.
• 2012 Art & Beyond Magazine, Summer Issue
• 2011 Best of Worldwide, Art Publications, Kennedy Publications, VA, USA. Two Books; Landscape Artists, Portrait and Figurative.
• 1980 Norwegian Art Dictionary. Editorials in two of Norway's largest newspapers Aftenposten and Dagbladet.
Collections (Selected):
• 1997 - 1999 The Lade estate. Trondheim. Norway. 5 illustrations in oil from Snorre Sturlason's "The Sagas of Viking Kings of Norway"
• 1992 - NTNU.(University of Trondheim. Norway.)
• 1995 - University of Trondheim, commissioned 5 portraits during the nineties.
• 1987 - Norges Rederiforbund. (Norway's Board of Shipping lines) Portrait of the president Peter T. Smedvig
• 1984 - Moss Community,"The Policeman Who Cried"
Additional Achievements:
• 2011 "Lilyhammer" Rubicon film. Season One. NRK (Norway's Broadcasting) Starring Steven van Zandt. Illustrative paintings.
• 1990 Documentary on the life of Jon Boe Paulsen, directed by Tor M. Tørstad, "The Painting was my First Love, Umbra Film. Nominated for the Amanda Award in the category "Best Documentary" at the Norwegian Film Festival.
• 1978 "Maybe Tomorrow" NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting" Television youth drama, directed by Tor M. Tørstad.
• 2017 "Cold Moon over Canis Lupus" Crime/Thriller novel. Published by Kelday & Paulsen.
• 1996 "A Doll's House - Two Dramas between Poem and Reality", published for the IBSEN Festival, National Theatre, Oslo, NO
• 1992 "Blant mennesker og landskap" (translation:"Between Human Beings and Landscape"), author Jahn Otto Johansen, Hjarrand Forlag
• 1986 "Under Sydkorset"(translation:"Under the Southern Cross"), documentary novel written and illustrated by Jon Boe Paulsen about the Norwegian Polar explorer Hjalmar Johansen who was active in the 19th century. JBP Forlag