Elgin’s work is informed by an ongoing investigation into the history of painting, modernist ideals and contemporary visual culture. He has established a practice where the specific physical qualities of painting, historical analysis and personal production are continuously negotiated. His projects engage in an explorative dialogue with the history of art practices, interpretation, provenance and reception. Recent projects like “In Order of Appearance”, “Originals Grisaille” and “La Collection Moderne” introduce text-based works and repetitive strategies as catalysts for exploring modernism's ongoing affair with current cultural and aesthetic representations. A parallel text production accompanies the visual investigations.
Dag Erik Elgin is a Norwegian artist born in 1962. He is currently living and working in Oslo. The artist studied philosophy and law at the University of Oslo, and continued his studies at the Oslo National College of Art and Design, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts.
Elgin has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally at museums and art institutions including: Albertinum, Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Dresden; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Gegenwart, Berlin and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden. In 2014 he was awarded the Carnegie Art Award first prize for his monumental work ‘Balance of Painters’. Elgin was professor at the Academy of Fine Art - Oslo National Academy of the Arts 2010-2016.