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‘Wizard’ Dag brings taste of Scandinavia to Sandsend

'Whitby Wizard' Dag Kjelldahl.
'Whitby Wizard' Dag Kjelldahl.

The long-time Norwegian resident of Whitby Dag ‘The Wizard’ Kjelldahl stages his annual exhibition of Scandinavian-style oil paintings of the Whitby area at the Pyman Institute in Sandsend, which is close to the local store, this Saturday and Sunday (July 21 and 22).

Dag’s mum put him on an oil-painting course when he was 12 and had inherited his grandfather’s paint kit, but he did not really take to painting before he was absorbed into the inspiring atmosphere of the Whitby Art Society and the fascinating colours of Whitby town with its surrounding landscapes and geology.

Dag's Scandinavia-style work.

Dag's Scandinavia-style work.

Dag, who has been an air taxi pilot, teacher, Arctic meteorologist, reptile keeper and seaman, is still writing books but is mainly occupied with his art of painting.

During his winterings on Arctic Bear Island to the north of Norway, Dag started a small museum of local history and filmed a documentary for the Norwegian state television.

For 13 years he directed his own creation, the 9,000 sqare feet hands-on science museum Teknoteket in Oslo, Norway, containing live exhibition animals, a small planetarium, an observatory, and a series of interactive experiments of physics.

Upon his arrival to Briatain in 1999, Dag immediately started building the science interactives which was the start of the Whitby Wizard, running for three seasons in Grosmont and for seven years on Whitby’s West Cliff.