Eigil Nordstrøm (b. 1991 in Trondheim, Norway) moved to the UK to study for a Diploma in Fine Art at The Art Academy, followed by an MA at City & Guilds of London Art School. In 2014 he was awarded the ArtGemini Prize for Painting and Sculpture, as well as the Arts Charitable Trust Award at the NEAC's annual exhibition.
His work takes as its starting point the exper...ience of light. The way it presents itself in memories from the Norwegian mountains, or the way it is trapped in a box, pouring in through an opening and assuming the guise of a tangible substance on the floor.
His process of painting involves the act of recollecting sensations of atmosphere and light, whilst also allowing the fluidity of paint to surprise, to pretend it is a flicker of light on a surface. Surface itself then, whether it is wood or snow, cardboard or cloud, becomes less significant, a support for illumination. The spaces are rendered in ambiguous washes, serving as a containers in which light is held. According to Eigel "Sometimes the starting point for a body of works is a specific recollection of luminosity in the landscape. Other times, the work begins with a constructed space, such as a box made from found pieces of wood that lets the light in through cracks and openings. I like playing with the perceived materiality of light, in a manner inspired by the impasto application of paint in the late works of Rembrandt. In one moment it can appear to be more solid than the surface on which it falls, in another it seems ready to take off in a cascade of dust motes and reflected light, before it pours over a step like a viscous liquid."
2014 - The Arts Charitable Trust Award, New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
2014 - 1st prize, Art Gemini Contemporary Art Prize, TriSpace Gallery, London
2018 - From the Studio Floor, St Barnabas Church, Cambridge
2017 - Intangible Spaces, Fieldworks Gallery and Unit G Gallery, London