since I can remember I have created my own world through
drawing and painting. As a child, it was a way I could
guide my reality and dreams and escape into the magic
of an unknown realm. Light is a driving force in my work
and I choose diverse objects to explore collisions and
transitions with color and value. Horses have always
been an important part of my life and I never tire in
trying to capture their essence, beauty, strength and
mystery. The technical qualities I seek in my paintings
are more classically inspired and I am primarily self
taught. In my earlier years I enrolled in art schools
where anything figurative was considered merely decorative.
I was fortunate to encounter mentors outside the conventional
school system to guide me in exploring the old masters
and their craft. Painting for me is a passion, a privilege
and a verb, and at best of times I revisit this enlightened
state from my childhood.
Gunnar Ahmer was born and raised in Bergen, Norway. He has lived, studied, and
worked in France, Morocco, Spain, Germany, Malaysia and Mexico. He now resides
in Los Angeles, CA.