I am a contemporary Norwegian visual artist who explore painting, mixed media, croquis and graphics, such as woodcut and monotype. My expressionist artwork is often spontaneous, colorful and abstract. Sometimes figures appears. I follow my own motivation, inspired by people, relations, life, music, experiences and memories. The main focus is to process and simplify sensory impressions. It is not what I directly see, but my inner expressions of the outer world that are reflected in the works. The artwork may contain a reflection and I like to call it «capturing a moment of experience». I like to explore new ways and techniques of expressing myself, and I work intuitively, always listening to music. My paintings may express energy, hope, joy and sorrow.

I hope that my work might make interest and bring joy to someone else.

I am a member of The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK), Visual Artists in Oslo (BO) and Visual Artists in Buskerud (BBK).

NBK «is a membership organisation committed to promote and enhance the intellectual, social, legislative and economic interests of professional visual artists«. Please see web site of NBK, https://www.norskebilledkunstnere.no/english/.


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 2010-2022

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 1985-1989

Marketing, New York University, Summer 1986


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

Stay 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

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

Gulden Kunstverk, NO-Steinberg 2007-2022

Gallery Nobel, NO-Oslo 2008-2022

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