January 8, 2019

Filming an Artist Profile – Part 1

Starting an Artist Profile

As a company specialising in creating content for art galleries, we were missing one thing from our portfolio: an in-depth Artist Profile. We have created some mini-profiles in addition to the exhibition videos, art piece videos and promotions for art fairs in the past, but no in-depth artist profiles. When we were presented with the opportunity to make a documentary about the very talented artist Kristian Evju, it was an easy choice.

Kristian Evju is an acclaimed Norwegian artist based in London. Over the years he has won several prizes for his exquisitely detailed pencil drawings and paintings. I, however, had some extra incentive to work with Kristian on his artist profile; we had both grown up in the same part of Norway in the 80s and 90s and crossed paths a few times in Kongsberg, a town in Norway. Without knowing it, we had also moved to the UK to study at the same time, Kristian to Scotland and I to Surrey.

15 years later our paths would cross again. I had followed Kristian’s success over the years and chatted to him now and then over Facebook, but it was not until I founded Film Yard Art and we were working in the same field that we would meet again.

One of Kristian’s paintings in his studio.

Meeting in Soho and Filming in Brixton

Kristian and I met again in November at House of St Barnabas in Soho and it immediately became clear that we wanted to work together on this artist profile. Our shared background meant we had a similar vision on the look and content, and there was an existing connection between us.

At the beginning of December, we did the first part of the filming of Kristian’s artist profile at his studio in Brixton. He was about to start a new larger painting and we took the opportunity to set up two GoPros to capture a timelapse of the process. Kristian’s style of painting and technique requires a certain attention to detail and patience. A large painting can take over a month to complete, even if he works long hours every day. For both of us, this process was very important to capture and show in the final video.

We also took the opportunity to film some B-Roll of the preparation; hanging off the canvas (in this case, a round canvas), shots of his tools, 100s of pencils, brushes and paint.

Kristian in his studio in Brixton.

Going to Norway

A few weeks later Kristian was heading back to his childhood home in Lyngdal, a small village of only 300 inhabitants north of Kongsberg in Norway. Growing up in such a remote village in the Norwegian mountains with artist parents, has shaped Kristian as an artist and his style in many ways. This background and influence was an element we wanted to include in the artist profile.

We headed to Bergtun, the name of the ‘farm’ his father built as Kristian grew up. Before departing London, my friends back home had told me they had already had snow, so I knew we would get some beautiful footage up in the mountains. Thursday 14th of December, together with a childhood friend of mine, I headed up into the mountains in a car filled with film equipment and a drone, of course. It proved to be a fantastic location to film.

However, there are two challenges filming in the Norwegian winter, very short days and extreme cold!

Flying into Norway we were greeted by the snowy mountains.

Next week you can find out how we dealt with the challenges of winter in Norway.

If you are looking for an Artist Profile for one of your artists then please do get in touch here or drop me an email Jonas@filmyardart.com

You can see more of Kristian Evju’s amazing work here: http://www.kristianevju.com/