Gallery Espolin

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Month Day Time
23 Apr 2021
30 Apr 2021
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
02 May 2021
20 Jun 2021
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
21 Jun 2021
22 Aug 2021
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
6 hours
23 Aug 2021
30 Sep 2021
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
01 Oct 2021
30 Nov 2021
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
01 Dec 2021
17 Dec 2021
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
03 Jan 2022
28 Feb 2022
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
01 Mar 2022
13 Apr 2022
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
17 Apr 2022
30 Apr 2022
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
01 May 2022
31 May 2022
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday 11:00 – 15:00
4 hours
01 Jun 2022
14 Aug 2022
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
8 hours

Opening hours

Jan 4–Apr 30: Mon-Fri 11am–3pm
May 1–May 31: Daily 11am–3pm
Jun 1–Aug 15: Daily 10am–6pm
Aug 16–Aug 31: Daily 11am–3pm
Sep 1–Dec 16: Mon-Fri 11am–3pm
Closed for Easter and May 17


Kaare Espolin Johnson was known for his distinctive depiction of Northern Norwegian coastal culture. At Galleri Espolin you can immerse yourself in his extensive artistic career.

The living conditions and toil of the fishermen, powerful storms and dramatic depictions of the sea and life in Lofoten – these are recurring motifs in the works of Kaare Espolin Johnson. In Galleri Espolin more than 200 of these works are on display, spanning all the way from the artist’s tentative beginnings until his death in 1994. A visit here will bring you one step closer to this exceptional artist.

The gallery at Storvågan was designed by architect Gisle Jakhelln, who drew inspiration from traditional Icelandic building techniques (Kaare Espolin Johnson had Icelandic ancestors). Espolin Johnson’s art is exhibited in the building’s many grand and elegant rooms.

Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994) grew up in Finnmark and Bodø, but lived most of his adult life in Oslo. He retained an honorary artist’s residence at Svinøya outside Svolvær for several years, and after a few years he acquired a summer house at Osen – not far from the gallery. His fascination and love for Lofoten is clearly apparent in his paintings.

Espolin Johnson had very impaired vision, hence many of his pictures were painted from memory as he delved into past experiences. For the same reason, the artist used a limited colour scheme and mostly preferred to work in black and white. He focused on light, lines and compositions in his own distinctive style, which gave him complete artistic originality.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions, Galleri Espolin houses guest exhibitions by both regional and national artists.

Did you know…
… Kaare Espolin Johnson is represented in the National Gallery with as much as 39 paintings?

Galleri Espolin is located at Storvågan by Kabelvåg, a 10 minute drive from Svolvær.
In conjunction with Lofotmuseet and Lofoten Aquarium, Galleri Espolin makes up the SKREI Heritage Centre in Storvågan.

Following your art experience, you may want to visit Lofotmuseet and Lofoten Aquarium and get a bit closer to the nature, culture and history of Lofoten. At Lofotmuseet you can see the fishing village owner’s 19th century farm, browse Lofot fishing exhibitions, visit fishermen’s cottages and even stroll through a historical garden. At Lofoten Aquarium you can immerse yourself in an extraordinary underwater world, and come up close with fish and marine life. «A taste of Lofoten» you’ll get at Nyvågar Rorbuhotel which is situated nearby and offers overnight accommodation, delicious food and its very own aquavit bar.

Opening hours
Jan 3–Feb 28: Mon–Fri 11.00–15.00
March 1–30 April: Sun–Fri 11.00–15.00*
May 1–May 31: Every day 11.00–15.00*
June 1–Aug 14: Every day 10.00–18.00
Aug 15–Aug 31: Every day 11.00–15.00
Sept 1–Sept 30: Sun–Fri 11.00–15.00
Oct 1–Dec 16: Mon–Fri 11.00–15.00
*Closed April 14–16, and May 17.

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