When a new experiment is started
a whole world of possibilities lies ahead. You know that by initiating it, the variations will multiply rapidly. Insignificant pieces of wood, plywood, iron rods and glass are collected and put together, mostly without knowing what will be the result. Single objects find a way to coexist in a kind of vulnerable harmony. Their instability is an expression of the general, fragile, temporary presence. The installations sometimes collapse before they can be documented with the digital camera.
I like to build and rebuild; to form structures and let them develop freely, see them succumb spontaneously and then re-emerge as totally different systems.

I am not trying to postpone the inevitable or prolong any illusion of stability. The result of my work should be understood as proposals, not final statements.
Kjell Varvin (born1939 Baerum, near Oslo, Norway)
Painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, video, installation

STUDIES 1958-65:
Arts- and Crafts School, Oslo
École Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Bellas Artes, Sevilla and O’Porto
Artes y Oficios, Barcelona

GRANTS:
State Grant for Travel- and Studies
State Grant for New Workshops
BKS Grant for Materials
State Grant for 3 Years
The Drawing Center’s grant for Travels
TRAVELS AND STAYS FOR STUDIES:
2010 Residency  at Emily Harvey Foundation, Venezia
2007 Pietrasanta, Italy spring
2001-02 Spain and Portugal during winter
1997and –98 China
1993 Nepal
1992 Egypt
1991-92 California, Japan, Thailand
1978 New York, Mexico, Arizona
1976 Workshop at La Scuola Internazionale del Vetro, Murano
1961-70 France, Spain, Italy: Palermo and Venezia, Yugoslavia: Sibenik

ONE MAN SHOWS:

2013 Galleri LYNX, Oslo, USTABIL VARIABEL (Sequenz III) 26-27 Oct.
2013 KONGSVINGER KUNSTFORENING, sommerutstillingen
2013 KUNSTNERFORBUNDET, Oslo
2012 No13 contemporary, Fredrikstad
2011 GALLERI GANN, Sandnes
2010 UNSTABLE VARIABLES at Kunsthall TRAFO, Asker
2009 WELDED IRON AND OTHER DRAWINGS at Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo
2007 The Drawing Center of Norway, Oslo
2004 Baerum House of Culture
2001 Artist’s Association, Oslo
1999 Uffizi Galleriet, Hoevik
1998 The Drawing Center of Norway, Oslo
1997 Langhaus, BBK, Uelzen, Germany
1996 New Art Gallery, Munich, Germany
1993 The Art Association of Moss
1992 The Art Association of Trondhjem
1992 Galleri Gann, Sandnes
1992 The Art Association of Stavanger
1991 MONUMENTAL DRAWINGS, Fredrikstad
1990 Artist’s Association, Oslo
1988 The Drawing Center of Norway, Oslo
1986 Artist’s Association, Oslo
1982 District High-school of Boe, Telemark
1982 Gallery Habberstad, Oslo
1982 Gallery LNM, Oslo
1980 The Art Association of Sandefjord
1980 The Art Association of Haugesund
1979 Gallery Horneman, TBK, Trondheim
1979 The Art Association of Stavanger
1978 The Art Association of Bergen
1978 Sandvika Cinema Foyer
1977 The Art Association of Oslo
1974 UKS, Young Artists Association, Oslo
1972 Galleria Paris Bordone, Treviso, Italy
1972 Gallerie Moering, Wiesbaden, Germany
1968 Tecklenburg Festival, Germany
1966 Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas
1964 Palacio Maricel, Sitges, Spain

PARTICIPATION IN COLLECTIVES:

2014 QUEEN´s GAMBIT Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø
2012 NoPlace gallery: "WHUN EECH uhnd evry-whun whun", Old Oslo
2012 PRISM drawings exhibition at at the museum of contemporary art, Oslo
2011 Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo
2011 MOMENTUM 6 Biennial, Moss
2010 Norwegian Drawing Biennial, Moss
2009 TABAKMAGAZIN, Germany
2009 VALSE WAND/FALSE WALLS Voorkamer, Belgium
 2008 Geometry As Image, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
2008 Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo
2008 Norwegian Drawing Biennial, Oslo
2008 Gallery 0047, Oslo
2006 20-Years Akershus Artist’s Center.
2006 5 in DTK-gallery, Haslum
2004 Spor i strek, SKINN, travelling exhibit
2003 SEQUENZ-2, Hoevik Bath
2002 UFFIZI GALLERIET, Hoevik Bath
2000 TEGNINGER, Vestfold BK, Haugar Museum, Toensberg
2000 SEQUENZ-1, Hoevik
1999 POSTADRESSE AKERSHUS, Art Center of Akershus
1998 Galleri TAO, inaugurative show Beijing, China
1997 8 FRA AKERSHUS, Pieksämäki, Finland
1996 VOLUPTAS in Slovakia, Povazie Galleri, Zilina
1996 KUNST KAN LØFTE BYGG, Akershus Kunstnersenter, Stroemmen
1995 9TEGNERE, travelling exhibit of drawings, Rogaland BK
1995 4 FRA AKERSHUS, travelling show with Gunnar Aune, Gunnar Gundersen, Beth Wyller
1994 DRAWING AS PUBLIC ART, The Drawing Center of Norway, Oslo
1993 Jubilee Show for the Arts-and Crafts School of Oslo
1993 BKiB, The Art Association of Baerum, as invited
1992 LANDSCAPE IN NORWAY TODAY, The Art Association of Oslo
1991 THE LINE IS A POINT IN MOTION, with. Liisa Corral, Milda Graham, Miles McAlinden in Holst Halvorsen’s Kunsthandel, Oslo
1990 STATUS, The Art Association of Oslo
1989 IMAGE AND SOUND in collaboration with composer Magne Hegdal, Galleri F-15, Moss
1989 NORDIC DRAWINGS TRIENNALE, Skellefteaa, Sweden
1989 Galleri 12B, Fredrikstad
1988 INSTEAD OF MUNCH, Edvard Munch-museum, Oslo
1988 The National Exhibition for Drawings, Porsgrunn
1988 LNM 20 YEAR, The Art Association of Oslo
1987 Opening Show at The Art Center of Akershus, Stroemmen
1986 NORWEGIAN ART the LAST 50 YEARS, The Art Association of Oslo
1986 ABSTRACTION NOW with Jacob Schmidt, Ian Damerell in Ibsen House, Skien
1986 The Drawing Center of Norway Jubilee Show at Galleri F-15, Moss, London and Edinburgh.
1986 Drawings by: I. Boehn, B. Toennesen, Varvin, Vegar Werner in The Art Associations of Asker-and Sandefjord, and in Gallery 12B, Fredrikstad.
1986 CONTRASTS, The Art Association of Oslo
1986 ART IN BAERUM, Henie-Onstad Art Center
1985 EAST-SEA BIENNALE, Rostock, GERMANY
1984 MOLDE JAZZ-Festival Exhibit with Zdenka Rusova and Hedy Lotherington in The Art Association of Molde-and Trondhjem
1984 The National Show of Drawings, Porsgrunn
1984 Artists from Baerum in Tavastehus, Finland
1982 DRAWINGS, House of Artists, Oslo
1982 Galleri 12B, Fredrikstad
1981-82 Nordic Draughtsmen, The Art Associations of Sveaborg, Finland and Oslo
1981 Drawings in The Art Association of Oslo, also making a wall drawing for Sol LeWitt.
1980 XIX premi de dibuix, Joan Miro Museum, Barcelona, Spain
1978-79 NAVE-Group in Valladolid and Toledo, Spain
1978 ART IN BAERUM, Henie-Onstad Art Center
1977 DRAWING NOW, Henie-Onstad Art Center, making a large wall drawing for Sol LeWitt.
1975, 76, 79 INTER, Holstebro, Denmark
1975 NAVE-Group in The Art Association of Molde
1975 Drawing International, Perth, Australia
1974 NAVE-Group in The Art Association of Toensberg
1973, 74, 76 UKS-Vårutstilling, Tromsoe and in the House of Artists, Oslo
The Regional Official Art Show: 1979, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 99
The Official National Art Show: 1977, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 97 (as invited), 98, 99, 2009

OFFICIAL PUBLIC ART:
2011 Loerenskog House of Culture: 7 floors wall painting-drawing and sculpture in welded steel in stair-hall.
2001 Molde Post-terminal: Acylic paintings on walls and several objects in welded steel.
2001 Drammen Police House: Two geometrical objects in welded steel in library.
2000 Nadderud Hall of Sports: Three geometrical objects in welded steel in stair-hall.
1999 Stabekk Cinema: Welded steel sculpture and objects, acrylic paintings on walls in stair-hall.
1997 The NEPA-BUILDING, Beijing. Norway’s gift to China. Acrylic painting in front-hall and two large wooden bows in auditorium as a comment to the increasing water problem.1993 Samfunnsvitenskapelig Institutt, University of Bergen. Geometrical objects in welded steel and acrylic paintings in stair-hall.
1993 Skien County Prison, Lines in the concrete walls of 4 outdoor yards..
1993 FBT, LFK, Kjeller, cantina. Acrylic and plywood on wall.
1991 Jessheim Postoffice, entrance hall: Acrylic on plywood and silk-screen prints.
1990 Preclinic Institute, Big Auditorium, Gaustad, University of Oslo: Acrylic and reliefs on concrete walls.
1989 Akershus Cultural Center, Stroemmen: Cyclic projections.
1981 Victoria Terrasse 6th floor, The Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo: Wall drawings with pencil, acrylics and objects in antechamber. (2009 demolished)

MEMBERSHIP:
Association of Norwegian Artists NBK
BOA Regional Artists Association Oslo og Akershus
Norwegian Sculptors Association NBF
Norwegian Painters Association LNM
The Drawing Center of Norway TF

REPRESENTED IN:

2013 The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Norway
2004 Art Museum of North Norway
2000 Central Hospital, Gaustad, Oslo
1998 The Collection of The Central Academy of Arts, Beijing.
1972, 98, 99 Baerum Communal Collection
1976, 82, 91 The Collection of The Norwegian Cultural Committee
1977, 82, 88 Oslo Community Art Collection
1979 South-Troendelag County Art Collection
1982, 84, 87 Gallery of The State
1981, 82 National Museum of Arts

PRIZES:
1986 3. Prize Illustration for Newspapers, Schibsted-Aftenposten
1991 Poster for The Drawing Center of Norway Jubilee, Oslo
1991 Poster for The Foreign Ministry of Norway to the World Exhibition, Sevilla, Spain

2013 2.prize Pir Syd, Osl.no, Avinor, Gardermoen

LITTERATURE:
1996 ART IN PUBLIC AREAS 1992-95, KJELL VARVIN's PUBLIC ARTWORKS, essay by Arild H. Eriksen. KORO (THE NORWEGIAN FOUNDATION FOR ART IN PUBLIC)
1999 WESTERN SCULPTURE in The 20th Century by Lu Pinchang, (ISBN 7-80580-556-3/J-519 page 56)
2001 Trond Borgen:-Om å gå over streken. Essay i katalog til utstilling.
2011 BILLEDKUNST 1-2011
2011 Ustabile Variabler i Galleri Gann: "Tegninger ut i rommet" av Trond Borgen i Stavanger Aftenblad 22. febr. 2011