Cabins of the archipelago I

When I was in my teens I used to do aquarelles of the very typical houses of the Stockholm archipelago. They were not depictions of actual houses but rather my fantasies of ideal ones. And they were more than houses, they were living things, perhaps growing out of the dirt like mushrooms. These thoughts have come back to me, here’s …

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Portrait of my brother

I actually finished this years ago. The figure is an unfinished underpainting with the plan to do an experiment in Caravaggio chiaroscuro. But the grisaille against the rose madder lake background made me hesitate, I liked it too much. I had longed to make a chiaroscuro portrait so I was hesitant wether to continue or not. Other work came in the way and the decision was postponed. One day an artist …

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Off you go …

Decades of living, feeling, longing and thinking. Images from a child’s world reforged to withstand the scrutiny of adult boredom. Three years of writing and three years of rewriting. Then today it was good enough to be let go of. I’m referring to my novel that is being sent off to two dozen publishers and literary agents. The story takes place in a 20th …

Abstract landscape commissioned

A ”colorful abstract” was commissioned by a family for their son’s fortieth birthday. Based on an idea of visual interpretation I’d had some years earlier, and inspired by the full color schemes of the Futurist and Fauvist movements, I composed this lanscape with a road.

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.

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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.