The Stray Parade was the name of Niklas Hagen’s private music project, separate from other band engagements. Niklas needed a cover for his upcoming record and I needed a deadline. He had quite specific ideas, I made a sketch and Niklas thought it was spot on.
Based on that sketch I began the time-consuming task of realizing this picture. Apart from numerous experiments for all the different materials represented, the square composition was perhaps the most challenging. It took some trials before understanding how I should break “the rules” to give the image its proper realism. The underpainting is in egg tempera and the overpainting in oil.