«Portrait with cigarette»

I was born in 1979, so I do not have any simultaneous experience of Bjørneboe. My encounter with him was instead through literature, pictures and recordings.

When Bjørneboe writes, it is raw, apt, sharp, but also sensitive, tender, attentive and empathetic. He is a difficult personality to get hold of. At first I tried to paint only the eye and the sharp gaze, but soon discovered that without the eagle's nose he became unrecognizable. I have based my work on the older Bjørneboe. His old, almost dissolved face and changing mood were. . .

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