Roald Kyllingstad is mapping his surroundings. His works reflects a fascination for abandoned and rural areas; The reflections of lights on a car at a garage, goods on the shelves of a grocery store, the texture of clothes on a hanger, empty chairs at a hairdresser, lights on a ferry by the quay at night.
The artist gives us his interpretation of his surroundings, with a breath-taking sense of details and striking effects.
Kyllingstad´s pictures often has it´s starting point in his late evening walks, noticing lighted shop windows and getting a glimpse into empty offices after business hours. Still, from the darkness of night originate works with great power to express reflections and light.
Kyllingstad´s use of pastel is meticulously prepared studies, and requires an extreme patience and skill from the artist. The drawings’ are based on photos, but their hyperrealism is only apparent; the works are not superficial decorations.
The artist has a fine tuned capability to analyse a motive. This gives the viewer an opportunity to discover subtle shifts and distortions, reflecting multiple viewpoints as if the subjects pictured are put together in a kind of collage technique.
In his works Kyllingstad blasts central perspective, a line perspective that has only one specific point. He discusses in his art realism – or naturalism – and shows that for him art is not only a question of representation.
Thus Kyllingstad´s art is more about transformations, contraction and redistribution of the observed, than reproducing images of reality.
The transformation of simple motives into art gives us pictures with many levels, and a perspective that is suddenly both uncertain and ambiguous.
It is as if the artist asks us to question what we see. Not only in our surroundings, but also in art.