Åse Borghild Pleym Bakken was born in Trondheim, Norway (1964). She studied fine arts at Nydalen Art School in Oslo (1999-2005). She holds a BBA degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, USA (1985-1988) and she studied marketing at New York University (1986). She lives and works in Oslo. She is a member of The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK), Visual Artists in Oslo (BO) and Visual Artists in Buskerud (BBK).

Pleym Bakken works within different mediums such as painting, woodcut and monotype. She is interested in interpersonal relationships. She is also inspired by impressions of nature, language and music. She likes to process and simplify sensory impressions and inner landscapes. Her paintings are colorful, and she works expressionistically and spontaneously. The visual language is somewhere in between non-figurative and figurative.

Pleym Bakken has exhibited her works in art galleries since 2002. Over the years she has received great feedback on her works from galleries and special assignments, and her work is represented by public institutions and private collections.

Selected Collections: Statoil Kunstforening * Veritas Kunstforening * Buskerud Sentralsykehus * Garantiinstituttet for eksportkreditt (GIEK) * AIG Kunstforening * Hydro Kunstforening * GIEK Kredittforsikring A/S * Riksarkivet på Kongsberg * Utenriksdepartementet * Fabian Stang, tidligere ordfører i Oslo * Nordvik



I am interested in interpersonal relationships and I am inspired by impressions of nature, language and music. It is not what I directly see, but my inner expressions of the outer world that are reflected in my work. I like to process and simplify sensory impressions. I want to communicate feelings and situations visually because this is often difficult to convey through words. My visual language is somewhere in between non-figurative and figurative, and I work expressionistically and spontaneously. I like to call it excerpts of a reflection or “capturing a moment’s experience”.


“I believe that Art exists in a world outside ourselves. To be able to create I devote to the spiritual and leave everything behind. When undetermined forces are allowed to control my feelings, affection and heart, I will discover something along the way and be led into the process.”



Åse Borghild Pleym Bakken

Born 30.09.1964, in Trondheim, Norway (NO)

Live in, and studio is in Oslo





Croquis, Drammen Art Museum, on Mondays, NO-Drammen 2010-2023

Grafic arts; etching, wood cut, NO-Oslo 2017, 2018, 2019

Monotype, NO-Oslo 2011, 2017, 2022

Nydalen Art School, NO-Oslo 1999-2005

Drawing/Watercolour painting, NO-Drammen/Asker 1995-1998

Master of Business Administration, USA-Tacoma 1985-1988

Marketing, New York University, Summer 1986


La Muse, Labastide Esparbairenque, Languedoc, France 2012, 2014, 2015

Studies in France / Séjour en France 2022


BO – Visual Artists in Oslo, NO (used to be BOA – Visual Artists in Oslo and Akershus) 2019

NBK – The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists, NO 2010

BBK – Visual Artists in Buskerud, NO 2010

Solo Exhibitions

Gulden Kunstverk – Crossroads, NO-Steinberg 2019

Private, NO-Oslo 2017

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2013

Risør Art Association – canselled due to Art Gallery closure, NO-Risør 2010

Gallery Albin Upp, NO-Oslo 2008

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2007

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg 2006

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2006

Private, NO-Drammen 2001

Private, NO-Drammen 1998

Special assignments, public/private

Selected Group Exhibitions

Drammen Art Museum, Croquis, NO-Drammen 2023

Oslo Open – open studio 2023

BO, kuratert «Mistakes Were Made – Members Galore», NO-Oslo 2022

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg 2007-2022

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2008-2022

Oslo Open – open studio 2022

Gallery Nobel, Christmas special exhibition, NO-Oslo 2019

Drammen Art Museum, Croquis, NO-Drammen 2019

Gallery Nobel, Women special exhibition, NO-Oslo 2019

Private, NO-Oslo 2018

Queen Sonja Art Stable, NO-Oslo 2017

La Muse, France-Labastide Esparbairenque 2012, 2014

Florence Biennale, Italy-Florence 2013

Buskerud Art Center, NO-Drammen 2013

Jomfrulandsutstillingen, NO-Kragerø 2011

Drammen Art Museum, Novemberexhibition/Buskerud Art Center, NO-Drammen 2004-2013

Asker Kunsthall, NO-Asker 2010

Bygdøy Lions Artcenter, NO-Oslo 2007-2010

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2008-2020

Gallery Athene, NO-Drammen 2008

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg 2007-2020

Oslo Rådhus Galleri/Town hall, NO-Oslo 2004

Nydalen Art School, NO-Oslo 2004-2005

Veritas Kunstforening, NO-Høvik 2004

Bogstad Gård, NO-Oslo 2004

Ski Rådhus/Town hall, NO-Ski 2003

Galleri Annen Etage, NO-Ski 2002

Selected Collections

Statoil Art Association

Veritas Art Association

Buskerud Central Hospital

The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK)

AIG Artclub

Hydro Art Association

GIEK Credit Insurance A/S

Riksarkivet på Kongsberg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Fabian Stang, The Mayor – The City Council, Oslo

Art for sale through

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg

Buskerud Art Center, NO-Drammen


Video Florence Biennale, Facebook Åse Pleym Bakken


Gulden Kunstverk 2019 https://www.asepleymbakken.com/media/


Galleri Nobel – 20 years, NO-Oslo 2015

Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy 2013

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2006, 2007, 2013

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg 2006, 2019


Byavisa, NO-Drammen, 2019

IN Magasin 2010 https://www.asepleymbakken.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IN-Magasinet-2009.pdf

Drammens Tidende & Buskerud Blad, NO-Drammen 2006