Merete Joelsen Aune (born 1984, Oslo) is a visual artist based in Oslo, Norway. She works with different mediums such as drawing, text, artists’ books, painting, printmaking and photography. Aune holds a master's degree from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and has a background in art history studies from the University of Bergen. She recently took part in exhibitions at Drammen Museum (2020); Kunstforeningen Verdens Ende (2019); Cosmoscow (2017); House of Foundation (2017) and Tegnerforbundet (2016). Her work is currently featured at Østlandsutstillingen 2021. In 2022 she will have a solo exhibition at Sandefjord Kunstforening. 

"An important thematic focus in my artistic practice is exploring poetic connections between an external and internal world. I often combine references from natural science, various historical records and art history with impulses from my own inner life; my intention is to create associations between close and distant realities, between nature and consciousness, between the subjective and the objective. In recent years, I have been particularly interested in the universe. I imagine processes and states in outer space as an abstract embodiment of what unfolds in my consciousness; thoughts, feelings, ideas, memories, that which in itself has no form. My works range from free abstract watercolors that imitate astronomical environments and stellar explosions, systematic surveys of celestial spheres made with pencil, ruler and compass, and quiet motifs with a surreal look on surroundings which lies closer in time and space. My projects usually have a more or less clear anthropomorphic attitude, and they often contain elements of storytelling in visual or written form". 


2012 -2014  Master of Visual Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO

2009 -2012  Bachelor of Visual Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO

2007 -2008  One-year programme in Art and Design, Oslo Met University, NO

2004 -2007  Bachelor in Art History, University of Bergen, NO

2022  (Upcoming) Sandefjord Kunstforening, NO

2014   The Intimate Sufferings of a Musician, Window Box, Pushwagner Gallery, Oslo, NO

2014   Reading Time, BOA, Oslo, NO


2021  (Upcoming) Østlandsutstillingen, Vestfold kunstsenter, NO

2021  (Upcoming) Østlandsutstillingen, Trafo Kunsthall, NO
2020  Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO
2019   Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO
2019   GIFC & Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa, Oslo, NO
2019   Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstforeningen Verdens ende, NO
2018   Novemberutstillingen, Drammen Museum, Drammen, NO
2018   The Drawing School (SHKS) 200 years anniversary, Alumni Exhibition, Oslo, NO

2018   GIFC, Galleri Golsa, Oslo, NO
2018   AVTRYKK, Hå gamle prestegard, Jæren, NO
2018   San Francisco Art Book Fair, San Francisco CA, US
2017   Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen Kunsthall & Landmark, Bergen, NO
2017   Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, Moscow, RU
2017   Concerning the Spiritual in Art, The Norwegian Institute at Athens, Athen, GR

2017   Print Matters, Gallery Norske Grafikere, Oslo, NO
2017   Mazes, Nebulae, Sedimentations, House of Foundation, Moss, NO
2016   En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo, The Drawing Biennial 2016, Oslo, NO

2016   The Drawing Biennial 2016, SKISSEN, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, NO
2016   Art in Case, Helsinki-Malmi lentoasema, Helsinki, FI
2016   Zodiac, LYNX, Oslo, NO
2016   Platons huskestue, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, NO
2014   Knock Knock, Norsk Billedhuggerforening, Oslo, NO
2014   MA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO
2013   En kollektiv kraftanstrengelse for tapte saker, PODIUM, Oslo, NO
2013   It’s a Girl, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, NO
2012   BA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO

2017   I Have Seen How the Universe Swallows, Artists’ Book
2014   Du må ikke forveksle reservehjulet med fuglen, Artists’ Book

2012   I Am a Bird Now, Artists’ Book


2021   Catalogue, Østlandsutstillingen 2021

2021   Artist interview, Tegnerforbundet/ The Norwegian Drawing Association 


2019   Catalogue, Østlandsutstillingen 1979-2019
2018   Untitled poetic text published in OSLO PILOT (2015–17)—a project investigating the role of art in and for the             public space—laying the groundwork for Oslo Biennial First Edition, 2018, Mousse Publishing
2017   Poem published in The Inklings # 1, Volume 1
2017   Cold Current, Contemporary Artists from Norway, Benetton Collection

2016   Catalogue, SKISSEN, The Drawing Biennial 2016
2015   Poem published in Bøygen # 1, 27. årgang
2015   Poem published in ETTER # 3 f
2014   Catalogue, MA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO
2011    Catalogue, BA Degree Show, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO

2019   Participant in closed competition, KORO Public Art Norway

2016   Artist talk and drawing workshop, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO

2016   Guest lecturer, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO
2015   Cover art and design for Norwegian singer/songwriter SVANES
2013   Art assistant to Norwegian artist Tiril Schrøder
2013   Art assistant to Norwegian artist Vanna Bowles

2019   Artist grant, Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard stiftelse
2018   Travel grant, The Norwegian Drawing Art Association

2016   Artist grant, Oslo Kommune
2012   Artist grant, Statens stipend for kunstnere

The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists (Norske Billedkunstnere)

The Norwegian Drawing Association (Tegnerforbundet)
Young Artists’ Society (Unge Kunstneres Samfund)(Upcoming)