Théotime is a metal based artist with French and Swiss citizenship, currently based in Oslo, Norway. After he learned the craft of metalworking, he developed his artistic practice into sculptural and installation work. Originally from a scientific background, he now explores materiality and visual expression through his material of choice. His work is shown internationally across Europe.

As a material based artist, my process starts with an exploration beyond the realm of traditional techniques leading to a series of material experiments. In my work, Forging, welding, machining, and other metalworking techniques are approached as sources of potential expressions rather than means of production. I am at first guided by materiality, the traits of metal itself, while a combination of introspection, research and critical observation results in a work that is rooted in craft, as well as conceptually articulated.

My work leverages tensions between the materials intended function and their expressive potential to create sculptures and installations that invite the viewer into contemplation.

Education :

2024 : Master of Material Based Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

2022 : Bachelor of fine arts in Metal, Gothenburg University HDK, Sweden

Solo Shows :

2023, January : Remains, Excavating Feelings, Galleri Seilduken 2, Oslo (Norway)

2022, October : Osteogenesis, Galerie Daniel Vignal, Vabre (France)

Duo Shows :

2022, March : “Visiting Grandma”, Ingrid Hopp-Hegg and Théotime Ritzenthaler, Dals Langed (Sweden)

2022, January : MATTERISM, Duo exhibition with Ingrid Hopp-Hegg, Fossekleiva kultursenter (Norway)

Group Shows :

2024, July : Sommerutstilling, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo (Norway)

2024, June : AVGANG, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), Oslo (Norway)

2023, April : The Sound of a Seed, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), Oslo (Norway)

2022, December : POINT TO POINT, LINK TO LINK – RHETORICAL FIGUR, Galleri Skranken, Oslo (Norway)

2022, October : Extended Family II, Stockholm Craft Week, Stockholm (Sweden)

2022, September : Durability Parameters, Galleri Skranken, Oslo (Norway)

2022, May : Exam Exhibition 22, Trädgårdsföreningen Gothenburg (Sweden)

2021, November : KALHYGGE, Kalhygge collective, Nya Magasinet, Dals Langed (Sweden)

2021, October : Vestiges, Galerie Daniel Vignal, Vabre (France)

2021, June – August : Fossekleiva kultursenter, collaboration with Ingrid Hopp-Hegg (Norway)

2021, 28 May – 31 August : Summer Exhibition in Österbybruck, (Sweden)

2021, 25-28 June : Focus Art Fair, Atelier Richelieu, Paris (France)

2020, November : Body of work, Dals Langed (Sweden)

2020, October : Various works, Bengtsfors Konsthall (Sweden)

2019 : Swedish Artist Blacksmiths Association convention, Dals Langed (Sweden)

2019 : Le métal dans l’art, Mulhouse (France)

2019 : Marché des arts Mulhouse (France)

2018 : Duod’art Mulhouse (France)

Grants :

Statens kunstnerstipend – SKS Diversestipend for nyutdannede kunstnere 2024.

Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond – kunststudentstipend 2024

Residencies :

2022, June : RESIDENCE ARTISTES EMERGENTS – ETE 2022 (France)

2022, January : Residency at Fossekleiva kultursenter (Norway)

Memberships :

Norske Kunsthåndverkere

Kalhygge Collective

Other :

2024 : Workshop / lecture : Materiality and display structures, Collège-Lycée Episcopal de Zillisheim

2023 : Lecture for the art students at Collège-Lycée Episcopal de Zillisheim

Publications :

2024 : Rubber, Steel – Metalwork as an expressive media

2022 : Orthopaedics

Press:

2024 : AVGANG : The World Is A Knot In Motion, Kunstavisen

2024 : The World Is A Knot In Motion, C-Print

2022 : Kubaparis, “Visiting Grandma”

2022 : Tired Mass, “Visiting Grandma”

2021 : No Name Collective Magazine, April issue

2021 : Albe Art Magazine, winter/spring edition

2021 : Marvelous Art Magazine, May issue

2021 : Art Hole 9

2021 : The Working Artist (I), Front cover

2019 : Le métal dans l’art, L’Alsace