Arne Jon Jutrem (1929 – 2005) Norwegian Designer

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Arne Jon Jutrem (1929- 2005) was a Norwegian glass artist, designer and visual artist known for his glass work with familiar and sculptural characters and his paintings, all of which are represented in Norwegian and foreign art industry museums and art galleries.

Jutrem was educated at the Norwegian School of Crafts and Design 1946-1950, and at the same time received painting lessons from Carl von Hanno. Later studies with Fernand Léger in Paris 1952-53 and with Chrix Dahl 1954-55. He made his debut as a painter at the Autumn Exhibition in 1950.

Biography

Right after graduating he got a job as a designer at Hadeland Glassverk in 1950 , where he collaborated with two other designers: Willy Johansson and Hermann Bongard . At the glassworks, he designed both crockery and art glass. He was awarded the Nordic Design Prize The Lunning Prize in 1959 for the Archaic series of bowls, vases and bottles in clear and gray-green glass with applied specks and stripes in earth tones. He received a gold medal at the Triennial in Milan in 1954 for the Greenland series of colored glass with bubbles, intended for daily use. From 1963 to 1966, he was a freelance designer forHolmegaards Glasværk in Denmark, before he was a designer at PLUS in Fredrikstad. As a freelance industrial designer, he designed stamps, books and glass sculptures. He also made a furniture group together with Tormod Alnæs for the Norwegian department at the World’s Fair in Montreal in 1967 .

From 1967 until the early 1980s, he worked mainly with painting, including living in Paris from 1968-72. As a painter, he gradually appeared lyrically abstract. In his homage to creation, he seems to have reached the farthest in a series of paintings he has called Earth and Sky (1974–75) and in a ten-meter-long frieze painted directly on the wall at Vang school in Ringerike (1972). From 1984, he was again associated with Hadeland Glassverk, this time as artistic director. In 1982 he was also employed at the Norwegian Teacher Training College, Oslo later Oslo University College, where he was a lecturer and, from 1994, professor of aesthetics.

Exhibitions

Jutrem has exhibited glass in most countries in Europe, as well as the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia, and has been purchased by the three Norwegian art industry museums, the Victoria and Albert Museum , London, the Corning Museum of Glass , New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

He has made public decorations at Ski town hall, Jevnaker town hall, Norges Bank in Hammerfest, the Norwegian Export Council in Oslo and at the Organization Internationale de l’Aviation Civile, Montreal. In 1992, he was awarded the Jacob Prize from Norsk Form for “outstanding and versatile activity as a designer, theorist and educator”. In 1992, he was also appointed a knight of the 1st class of the Order of St. Olav for his efforts for the applied arts movement in Norway.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

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