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Making the most of opportunities that present themselves,
Kim Hiorthøy has built an eclectic but always personal body
of work that includes not only graphic design and
illustrations but music videos, two documentaries,
and two albums of his own music.
300 Cheap Drawings “In 2000, I did a drawing.”
exhibition in Oslo of more than 300 drawings.
Each one was priced at 100 Kroner (about twelve.”
US dollars). Because they were so cheap I felt.”
free to also make sloppy or extremely simple ones.
That was a good and liberating experience.”
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im Hiorthøy was born in Trondheim, the third-largest city in Norway,
in 1973. “For as long as I can remember, I have always drawn.
Both my parents were architects, I had no siblings, and whenever
I complained of boredom, drawing utensils would be stuck in my hand.
I grew up seeing a lot of buildings and art, and I spent a lot of time sitting
alone, drawing or painting.”
But despite immersing himself in the visual arts, his life ambition lay elsewhere.
“A tremendous part of my spending so much time drawing and making things
was because I didn’t fit in so well socially. It wasn’t something I chose. My real
dream was that I would become an actor. I was intensely passionate about
drama and theater and took drama classes. Drawing felt like a private thing.”
Then, at age sixteen, Hiorthøy felt a change within himself that shifted his
interest back toward art. He can’t explain what happened. All he knows is
that he was ready to dedicate himself to art.
“When I began college, I choose art classes in addition to my regular subjects.
The making of visual images became something more.” College also provided
Hiorthøy with his first chance to see his work published. “My drawing teacher
was married to the editor of the biggest local newspaper. During my second
year, she took my drawings to him, which lead to me getting my first jobs—
illustrating crime novellas for the Saturday edition—when I was seventeen.
I continued to do this for the next couple of years. By that time, I had begun
to be seriously interested in what I understood as fine art.”
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