At the end of his academy years we find Gullvåg’s first portrait: Lars Paalgaard
, a colleague and close friend at the academy, is presented in full figure. The painting is done in the same whitish and yellow ochre pallet as other works from this period, yet with a considerably greater, more solemn focus on the individual.
Significant for his further development as a portraitist was a portrait-series of the actor Leif Jacobsen of Trøndelag Theatre. It is interesting to note the ears flanking these pictures’ corners, could they represent an attentive public? Meanwhile, we have a clear sense that the actor has left the scene; it is he who is viewing us – with an artist’s characteristic sensitive awareness.
(Mosjøen Art Society)
Editor Eigil Gullvåg
, 1982 (commission from Arbeideradressa Newspaper)
Actor Leif Jacobsen
, 1982 (collection of the artist)