Diane Edwards Nordic Arts — Sigmund Årseth — 3208 Snowbrush Place, Ft. Collins, CO 80521 ~ 970-229-9846
Sigmund Årseth with one of his paintings

Sigmund Årseth was instrumental in bringing attention to Norwegian Rosemaling to America in the 1960's and his classes in Decorah, Iowa were an impetus to the Rosemaling movement in America. His classes and earlier book have inspired countless Rosemalers worldwide. His style of Telemark Rosemaling is unique and beautiful, vibrant with color and energy.

Best known for his landscape paintings in his native Norway, Sigmund is renowned in the United States as a master Rosemaler.

Sigmund's most recent books are:


Sigmund Aarseth: Norway Painted in Light and Color

The paintings of Sigmund Aarseth capture beautifully the many seasons and moods of Norway. This book takes you on a journey through the mountains and the valleys painted with lush strokes of color and light. With the commentary of his artist daughter, Marit, and designed by his son, Gudmund, you will be able to see and experience the Aarseth home interiors and their famly life in its idyllic setting in the mountain landscape of Norway.

Sigmund Aarseth: Norway Painted in Light and Color takes you on a journey through the mountains and the valleys painted with lush strokes of color and light. Sigmund Aarseth is one of Norway's premier contemporary artists. He embraces the legacy and tradition of his Norwegian forefathers in art. Sigmund develops his own unique and personal style that transforms everyday and often commonplace objects, places and points in time to brilliant, bold alla prima (all at once) brush strokes and a dynamic color palette. His work expresses the heart and soul of the natural world in Norway. Color, shape, texture and light are transformed and modified through his art to portray his Norway, his place, his spirit, and the art spirit of the land and people Norwegian poetry in color and light. English/Norwegian texts. Hardcover.

$34.95 -- ISBN: 978-0-9760541-4-6


Aarseth's Rosemaling Design

Sigmund Aarseth is concerned that Rosemaling not be just a "technique" of painting, but that it also keeps the Norwegian histrical ambiance and flavor. He feels it is important that traditional color and technique be true to their early roots. Sigmund uses this book to discuss bringing Rosemaling into the future -- whether in Norway or elsewhere in the world.

Produced by Diane Edwards, accomplished American Rosemaler, this book features Sigmund's personal insights, stroke instruction and resulting beautiful canvases. It shows the exciting splash of color and virtuoso strokes of his wonderful rosemaling painting, while giving the historical perspective and background of this unique artform.

The book covers classic design characteristics of Norwegian Rosemaling, traditional color use and placement, how to background wooden pieces so they are historically accurate, information about brushes and stroke work and Sigmund's painting methods. There are 64 color pages of illustrations of Sigmund's paintings and color examples of historical Rosemaling. This book is a great reference for Folk Art painters and teachers. It is an indispensable guide for students and admirers of Norwegian Rosemaling, Telemark Style.

$29.95 -- ISBN: 0-9674583-2-3


Painted Rooms by Sigmund Aarseth

In the Norwegian home, appearances can be deceptive. From the outside, houses are often low-key and conservative in the use of color, typically painted either red or white. However, behind the doors of the most anonymous looking and modestly sized farmhouses you pass on the way, there may be hidden gems that remain unknown to passers-by.

Produced by Sigmund and his son, Gudmund, "Painted Rooms" presents an impressive variety of beautifully painted interiors, from colorful traditional Norwegian farmhouses to exciting commercial interiors. The book shows the innovation, experimentation and individuality which has always been an important part of the Norwegian psyche. It also documents a renewed demand for colorful, decorated rooms in Norway. The broad range of styles and techniques featured in this book makes it a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in interiors, decorative arts or Scandinavian lifestyles and t raditions. It is also an indispensable reference book for decorative artists, interior designers and crafts people of any discipline.

$34.95 -- ISBN: 0-9674583-5-8

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