Exhibition September 28th – October 15th 2016

Open Wed – Sat 10am – 6pm or by appointment

Paul Stolper Gallery is proud to present ‘Texture’, a portfolio of ten prints by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Magne Furuholmen, made in support of The Queen Sonja Print Award. The portfolio consists of four individual prints by each artist in an edition of sixty, of which numbers one to twenty are available as a portfolio and the rest individually. There are also two prints in an edition of twenty, made exclusively for the portfolio, signed by both Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and Magne Furuholmen. The prints are a combination of etching and photopolymer, 50 x 50 cm on 310gsm Somerset White Satin, printed at Ateljé Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden, 2015. All works are donations to the foundation by the artists.

‘Texture’ is an artistic collaboration, both thematically and literally of Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen; “since I work mainly with text and she with nature, we made the amalgam word ‘texture’ (text + nature = texture)”. Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway has already been making editions of prints for the past five years, etchings of her own photography from walks in nature. Furuholmen took these close-ups of rock-surfaces as a point of departure, adding to them photos of his own sculptures; details of the deformed clay from his own sculptural works-in-progress. The result is a very close working relationship, where they would occasionally interchange each other’s plates and treat them in a non-proprietary way, mixing in colours and techniques on each others etching plates, ending up with shared prints where it is unclear who did what, when, and who reacted to which ‘statements’.

The Queen Sonja Print Award was founded by HM Queen Sonja of Norway and renowned Norwegian artists Kjell Nupen and Ønulf Opdahl, together with master printer Ole Larsen in 2011. It is the largest international print award, bestowed biannually, and given to an emerging artist working within printmaking. The recipient of the first International Print Award, 2016, is Tauba Auerbach. In addition, and to commemorate Kjell Nupen, the Kjell Nupen Memorial Grant is given to a Scandinavian artist, and includes a residency at Universal Limited Art Editions, (ULAE) in New York, under the supervision of Bill Goldston, master printer and owner of ULAE.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen will be present at the opening of the exhibition.

Private View – September 27th 2016, 6 – 8pm RSVP ESSENTIAL to rachel@paulstolper.com

For sales, images and more information, please contact rachel@paulstolper.com

Future Exhibitions


23 September – 23 October: Galleri Ismene, Trondheim, Norway
27 September – 23 October: Paul Stolper Gallery, London, UK
5 November – 4 December: Ålesund Kunstforening, Ålesund, Norway


9 March – 2 April: Bodø Kunstforening, Bodø, Norway
22 April – 14 May: Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg, Norway


TEXTURE opened at Grieghallen in Bergen on August 25 and was very well received. A new book was launched on the same day, marking the 5th anniversary of QSPA. Written by Norwegian Author Lars Saabye Christensen, the book (in Norwegian and English) tells the story of the first five years, describes the collaboration between Queen Sonja and Magne Furuholmen on the exhibition “Texture” and the nominees for the Queen Sonja Print Award 2016.

Details about the book: Forlaget Press || AdLibris


Official Sites:

Queen Sonja Print Award – Web Site || Facebook
Galleries – Grieghallen || Paul Stolper


Dronning Sonja og Magne Furuholmen viser sitt felles kunstprosjekt. Vi har anmeldt utstillingen
Dronningen og Furuholmen inntar Grieghallen
I et verksted i New York fant dronningen og multikunstneren tonen
Dronning Sonja: Jeg kaller det nesten en liten nobelpris
Her er dronning Sonjas arbeidsplass i Asker

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