MR. Bjarne Melgaard is this week’s Real Man We Admire.
Painting can be dirty work, which is just the way this well-known New York-based Norwegian artist likes it. In fact, it’s a big part of his inspiration. Considered one of the world’s most important living artists (the New York Times called his debut show “like nothing else around”), Melgaard’s work extends to a variety of mediums and explores all sorts of sordid topics, including Norway’s underground heavy metal scene, carnal desire, and some of the darker corners of gay culture. Not such surprising material, considering his rough and tumble persona and bearish good looks. He’s quite a masterpiece, if you ask us.
Some of our favorite paintings from his collection.
Untitled (Kurtis Blow)
Untitled Chapter Five. Who doesn't like a trio of penises?
Untitled (Daddy... Daddy...). We (heart) Daddies!
Learn more about him and his work at the Saatchi Gallery online.
I know some of you aren't going to be into the whole modern thing so what are some of your favorite artists? Let us know in the comments.