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Jan Valentin Saether
Jan Valentin Saether (1944-2018)

Fine artist Jan Isak Valentin Ben Abram Saether was born in Oslo, Norway in 1944. A student at both the National College of Applied Arts and at the National Academy of Fine Art in the 1960s and early 70s he received training in both sculpture and painting.


In 1973 Saether moved to Los Angeles, California with his first wife and two young daughters. He built a career as an artist there and established several schools; first in 1977 at the old firehouse in Venice together with Alan Katz and Martine Vaugel, and later, in the 1980s Bruchion, a legendary school for art and gnosis.

In 1995 Saether moved back home to his native country Norway where he worked as associate professor at the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo for a year before accepting the chair of figurative painting at the same institution after the media duel of the year as the only two painters found competent to hold this position were Jan Valentin Saether and his old friend from the student years, Odd Nerdrum. Saether held the position until 2002.


Saether worked both within the classical figurative style, and he experimented with different media.



Jan Valentin Saether is represented in the following collections



  • The Academy of Science (Vitenskapsakademiet) Oslo;

  • Aker ASA, Oslo;

  • Drammen Faste Galleri;

  • Elvegårdens Samlinger, Drammen;

  • The Free Masonry Lodge (Frimurerlosjen) Oslo;

  • If Skadeforsikring,  Lysaker;

  • The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museet for samtidskunst) Oslo;

  • The Norwegian Cultural Council Collection (Norsk kulturråds offentlige samlinger) Oslo;

  • Oslo Concert Hall (Oslo Konserthus);

  • Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo;

  • Schola Osloensis (Oslo Cathedral School);

  • The Ski Museum (Skimuseet) Oslo;

  • The University of Oslo;

  • Østfold Fylkessykehus, Fredrikstad.



  • Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA;

  • Federal Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA;

  • Whittaker Corporation, Los Angeles, CA;

  • The Mika Company Collection, Los Angeles, CA;

  • The Strauss Family Foundation, Solana Beach, CA;

  • The Albert Hofmann Foundation, Los Angeles, CA;

  • Federal Courhouse, Portland, OR;

  • Chicago Hilton Hotel, IL.


In addition represented in several private collections in Norway, USA, Canada, Italy and France.

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