Study of Mondrian

For fun and as a warmup exercise I made a study of Piet Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow from 1930. The work is an example of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl or neoplasticism. They advocated pure abstraction by a reduction to the vertical and horizontal directions, and used only primary colors along with black and white.

New atelier at Färgkontoret Plan Fyra

I moved my atelier to the art collective Plan Fyra at Färgkontoret, the old Swedish art paint manufacturer Beckers’ old offices in Liljeholmen, Stockholm. A lovely almost cubic space with much air and a great view. For the first time I could extend the easel to the maximum without hitting the ceiling. The art collective Plan Fyra is a community …

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Portrait commissioned

I recently finished a portrait on commission. It was delivered as a surprise in June 2010. The recipient knew nothing beforehand and was a bit startled to see me at his 60th birthday, where only close friends and family were invited. When the painting eventually was carried in and uncovered he understood. He was very happy. He said he knew exactly what …

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Liljevalchs Spring Salon 2010

The oil Stray Parade was chosen for the prestigious Vårsalongen (The Liljevalchs Spring Salon), January 29 – March 28, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. Stray parade, 2009, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm. ”The Spring Salon is Stockholm’s surest, and perhaps earliest, sign of spring. This year’s jury comprises Pontus Hammarén, Director of Alingsås konsthall, Karolina Peterson, Director of Mjellby konstmuseum, and Claudia Schaper, …

Pike’s Open Book

I participated in Pike’s project Open Book. My contribution was the skull on the right. The book was published in 2009. Here is a link to Pike’s Open Book Tumblr page.

Record cover commissioned

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 …

Studies of Caravaggio

Some recent studies of the artwork of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Detail from Judith beheading Holofernes, 1598. The woman was Caravaggio’s favourite model Filli di Melandroni. What hit me was her richness in expression; it seems like she wants to express hate, but what comes out is rather hesitation, disgust and almost surprise or curiosity. Note the slight highlight indicating …

Self-portrait in gouache

A sudden urge to paint made me do a self-portrait. I only had gouache at hand, hence the non-orthodox choice in combination with canvas.

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Coins for Trenne Byar

I designed these coins for the fantasy live role-play Trenne Byar (Three Villages) which took place in the summer of 1994, close to Ludvika, Dalarna, Sweden. The event was attended by more than one thousand people. In the village of Vidhamn there were taverns where you could order proper food, across the lake there was the farmers’ village of Arnros and …

The Cave II

I made a series of oils as a child. This was at age three in 1976. Some of them I have no memories of, but this one stuck. It was a very strong image from a dream and I wanted to recreate the suggestive feel of it. It was definitely a cave opening and the place had a greenish turquoise …