About BENCH IN FRUÄNGEN
CITYSCAPES – DESOLATED PLACES A new series of oil paintings, reflecting on cities becoming more and more generic and gentrified. From Athens, Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid and back to New York where the skyline is changing like never before. Neighborhoods are being transformed into exclusive soulless areas with glass buildings and expensive shopping. As a reaction towards these changes of the urban landscape, the artist now reaches out to find abandoned buildings and places.To capture a piece of history onto canvas. A history of a city that might get lost, and forever gone and forgotten. The paintings are detail oriented without being photorealistic. They are painterly with built up texture, visible brush strokes and emphasis on shadows and light.
We live in a time with great uncertainty, in our politics, our economic policies and relations with countries around the globe. What will the future bring?
Mats Pehrson’s paintings depicts people, contemplating in empty surroundings, alienated.
In an anonymous environment, together but disconnected, there is the one common denominator - their shadow - the inseparable companion.
His images have been erased of any reminder of city life. Replaced with painterly minimalistic settings, an unpredictable future.
“Part poet, part journalist, Mats Pehrson looks at the world with an eye towards life’s contradictions. While he can paint sublimely lovely scenes, he sets out instead to capture the tensions that teem all around us. His talent as a painter imbues his works with a lush fullness and rich color tonality. And Pehrson’s understanding of pictorial space allows him to produce a striking sense of depth.
While Pehrson may have strong social views, these are not message paintings; they are more riddles than aphorisms. This lack of resolve is by design. By granting room for individual interpretation, Pehrson seeks to “provide viewers with the opportunity to deepen their response” to a given subject.
Seducing with cinematic splendor and painterly delight, Pehrson lures us towards a new appreciation of life’s complexity. His paintings remind us that experience itself is a collage of shifting fragments, held together by our own sense of beauty and order.”
Suzanne Ramljak is an art historian, writer, and curator.
Mats Pehrson lives and works both in New York City (studio in the Financial District, Manhattan) and in Stockholm, Sweden.