Even if Øssur Mohr belongs to the younger generation of painters, he has unusually many exhibitions behind him. This year Øssur can celebrate the 15th anniversary since his first exhibition in 1993. Clearly much has happened since then. But Øssur thinks the greatest changes have come since 2000 when he resigned from his job to dedicate his life to painting.
– Much happens of course when one no longer paints in one’s spare time, after everything else has been seen to. I paint more whole-heartedly now and shall hardly ever return to painting any one piece of art in one stretch.
Øssur also thinks that he has a less romantic perception of what it means to be an artist. The illusion that there are paintings which are easy to create is long gone, and the process is seldom as spontaneous as he would like. But the inspiration is still the same – the gleams of light which disappear as quickly as they came, and he still paints best just after a downpour, while he still has the scent of steaming soil in his nostrils.
Øssur Mohr covers it all:
The structure of the town´s houses
A split second of ”glottar” (glints of light) over the fiord …
The spring day when the colours explode …
The total variation of the mountains’ shades of colours
The raging of the storm
The fog like a sea over the mountain slopes
The winter’s snow-covered storm-whipped mountains.
Randi Ottosen, The Art Paper (Kunstavisen).