I’ve been a fan of Norwegian born Odd Nerdrum’s paintings for quite some time. Using pigments that he personally grinds and mixes, Nerdrum is a contemporary master of light and the human form. The paintings are so detailed and intense, that he typically produces about six to eight paintings a year — with phenomenal results.
His body of work tends to be dark and unsettling in subject matter, but there is beauty within its psychology — similar to that of Caravaggio. The painting above is oil on canvas, and titled, The Astronomer. (2000)