February 12, 2014


Sirenes artwork presented in UK magazine GQ March Issue 2014

Cool to be asked by GQ Magazine to be presented on their Wonderwall in their March Issue

Sirenes Artwork - Lake at night


January 27, 2014


Sirenes a regonized artist - presented at the norwegian blog "Kvinnekraft"

Sirenes artwork is being presented at the norwegian blog "Kvinnekraft"

Siren Merete Fristad med kunstnernavnet «Sirenes» er en norsk kunstner bosatt på Bærums Verk. Hun har siden 2011 allerede hatt utstillinger internasjonalt i Italia, Spania, Canada og USA. Sirenes er presentert i flere internasjonale kunstbøker og fått flere «art awards».

I 2014 starter hun året med flere utstillinger i Italia; Bologna, Genova, Firenze og Roma i samarbeid med internasjonale gallerier som representerer henne.  »A Sublime Colorist Enamored of Light» skriver kunstkritikeren Wilson Wong fra New York om Sirenes malerier i forbindelse med Sirenes første kunstutstilling i Agora Gallery, New York i 2013.Wilson Wong skriver bl.a. at: «Sirenes conveys an even more elusive subject by virtue of her mastery of chromatic dynamics as vibrant and yet gentle as the music of Ravel» og «an atmospheric miasma conjured with a finesse that calls to mind the 19th century British painter J.M.V Turner».


January 26, 2014


Sirenes recieves great Art Critic by Dentiza Nedkova Curator Bologna, Italy

The irregular story

The motivations for being creative are always multiple, the reasons for each action are the result of a mixture of conscious stimuli and impulses. Art, therefore, is the best field for such moral ambiguity not only in terms of representation, but also in the execution and in its reasons. It is precisely the motions to carry out the work of Sirenes, the artist of the unique style for everything, who shows how the point of encounter with the reality, with the actuality is that of action, of the production. The artist understands that to be a contemporary artist must first be contemporary woman, aware of the casualness of the unpredictable life and of the freedom as being, without the commitment, now overwhelmed, for the fighting emancipation.

The tonal painting, rich of color and motion, is all played on the constant intent to remain in close contact with the outside, while using an intimate and not phenomenal work. The big idea of the painter, the one that makes it original, is in the courage to realize the extrinsic with the intrinsic, escaping from the respectability of the real vision of the things. If art by definition establishes an ideal or craft comparison with reality, the artist, is always free to decide its attachment to both the first (art) than the second (the reality). In fact Sirenes do not believes in the need to establish a characteristic creative attitude, but rather chooses a non-linear and abstract path, but always sensitive and "disturbed" from the outside. So begins the way of the irregular art of Sirenes.

The obvious negation of form is discredited by a cromia rich of hues and not always of colors, which realizes a language of intrusive volumes , often well defined, that sometimes "have fun" to take a recognizable appearance and to contract itself in restraining lines. But these drawings of figures and things are deceptive because the limiting traits are unstable and they quickly dissolve in the dense mass of colors. The artist shapes the pasta with their hands certainly to emphasize her close relationship with painting, but mainly because no other instrument is suitable to realize her inspirational motions. The formal dissolution leads to infer aniconic and tachisme influences, determined by strong and sensual expressiveness, by progressive abstraction of the poetic language, by an excessive materialization of color tearing the surface of the painting. Formally these characteristics are recognized in the art of Sirenes, but they are less relevant, because the matrix of a dramatic informal intellectual crisis is replaced by a more sentimental, almost lyric ideological model, which determines an inconstant and variable trend of the representation.

Therefore It seems appropriate to define this modus operandi as Lyrical Abstraction, able to combine the personal universe with the real world without the seemingly and imposed abstraction from the phenomenal. The expressive an symbolic function of the color is accompanied by its primary function of connective link between spirit, a work of art and nature. The canvas is transformed, in the words of Kandinsky, in Impression, where in the work is still visible the personal and direct impression of the external nature. But do not forget that the psychic and the physical effect of nuances are reconciled by the action and, therefore, by the emotion, that takes shape in the hands of the inspired, the one that can tell the story irregular harmoniously.

Denitza Nedkova, Curator Bologna, Italy 2013
January 04, 2014


Sirenes exhibits at Expo Wikiarte 2014, at Galleria Wikiarte Bologna, Italy

The Opening reception starts 18:00, saturday Jan 4th at Expo Wikiarte 2014, at Galleria Wikiarte Bologna, Italy Sirenes exhbits together with 40 other artists painting "In Nature with love"


December 27, 2013


Sirenes online artist CV as of december 2013

Sirenes presents her updated online CV as an artist per december 2013. It is an online easy to read presentation which gives the reader the highlights in Sirenes art career. Please click on the link below 




December 15, 2013


Sirenes: A Sublime Colorist Enamored of Light

Art Critic of Sirenes: A Sublime Colorist Enamored of Light

As a little girl in kindergarten in Norway the artist known as Sirenes was fascinated with color. She loved the tactile sensation of putting her fingers in paint and applying it directly to the paper. And to this very day many of her large canvases are created entirely by finger-painting. These paintings in particular have a smoothness and a lyricism that is always a distinctive feature of her work, but can be seen ...to special advantage in the intriguingly titled acrylic on canvas,“The Man Who Disappears,” in which the softly caressed pigment, with its subtle tonal variations of earth tones resembles something more like an amorphous mist of light and shadow than a physical surface: an atmospheric miasma conjured with a finesse that calls to mind the 19th century British painter John Constable’s comment about his great colleague and fellow countryman J.M.W. Turner, of whom he once said, “Turner seems to have outdone himself; now he’s painting with tinted steam!”
Just as mysteriously allusive in another manner, exemplifying the unique combination of coloristic sensitivity and gestural vivacity that Sirenes brings to bear is a composition she calls “The Fairy.” With a starburst composition akin to the West Coast American painter Jay DeFeo’s legendary canvas “The Rose,” albeit with that artist’s thick oil impasto replaced by Sirenes’ smoothly luminous light blue hues heightened with streaks of pearly white, without resorting to figurative imagery the painting evokes the fanciful spirit of a numinous being.
In another large acrylic on canvas called “Joy,” Sirenes conveys an even more elusive subject by virtue of her mastery of chromatic dynamics as vibrant and yet gentle as the music of Ravel. Here, delicately blended and variegated yellows, oranges, reds and pinks, accented with just a few steaks of verdant green, evoke a buoyant sense of the emotion that the title describes. Indeed, with these colors delicately balance at the center of the composition, floating against a beige background suggesting the raw unprimed linen of the canvas itself, Sirenes appears to combine a gestural lyricism that can be compared favorably to the early Abstract Expressionist works of Philip Guston with a chromatic complexity that would do the Color Field master Jules Olitski proud. Her ability to combine these elements so successfully suggests that one might think of her as an “Abstract Impressionist” who often goes beyond the Impressionist goal of painting the effect of light on objects to make the light itself the piece de resistance of her compositions. On the other hand, being a postmodern painter with all the license for free expression which that term implies, she does not hesitate to introduce recognizable subject matter when moved by the desire to do so.
One such work is her acrylic on canvas, “Lake at Night,” in which the white flowers and green leaves on the surface of the blue water appear to pay tribute to Monet, but the sense of their being illuminated by rays from the moon rather than the sun lends the composition a more romantic quality in the manner of Symbolism.
It should be added, however, that here, as well as in other paintings with prominently allusive elements –– such as “Butterfly Over Water” and “Evening” –– it is the underlying abstract armature of formal balance informing her compositions that invariably enhances and empowers all of Sirenes’ paintings.

–– Wilson Wong, New York




December 09, 2013


Sirenes artwork is available in UK Online Gallery Artistinfo.uk

Sirenes is happy to announce that artlovers in United Kingdom can find her artwork at the Online Gallery Artistinfo.uk - please follow the link



December 07, 2013


Sirenes artwork is now available at online gallery Laguna Art California

Sirenes is happy to announce that artlovers in California can find her artwork at the online Gallery Laguna art, United States



November 28, 2013


Sirenes Fine Art on TV in UK and Norway

Watch Sirenes Fine art at Tromsø - Tottenham live primetime on MAX TV in Norway and ITV4 in the UK at 7pm (CET) on Thursday the 28th of November 2013


November 26, 2013


Sirenes presents artwork in "Best of the International Arts 2013 Catalog at Art Basel Miami

Sirenes will participate in Best of the International Arts 2013 Catalog, which will be published as a special section in the Art Basel Miami - Red Dot Fair special issue of the Arttour International Magazine. a video presentation "Best of t...he International Arts 2013" will be included at the ATIM WEB TV Channel and will be presented for continuous exhibit during Art Basel week at the Arttour International Magazine Booth D111 at the Red Dot Fair via Big Screen.