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.

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 …