I paint two types of encounters.
The first encounter is purely visual and takes place between discrepant painterly expressions. I am fascinated by paintings that contain a complex mix of styles and motifs. These forces me out in a mental quagmire where I constantly re-evaluate my previous impressions as the gaze moves on the surface. I try to subject the viewer of my paintings to the same sense of uncertainty. My motifs come from my photo albums, from the news media and from image searches on the internet. Absorbed into sketches and digital 3D models, I then transfer them to the paintings.
The second encounter takes place between my understanding of the world and the world view I get from the media. I believe that all people create mental images to understand the world and themselves, and that these images are constantly being transformed by the encounter with new places, stories and people. New impressions are formed by the impressions already stored in the memory. I feel that my understanding of the world is wordless and impossible to verbalize.
I feel frustrated when I'm confronted with the stories of the media because I want to react, but I don't believe in art as a means of doing so. I am the norm — I am the privileged white man. For me, it would feel like a disgrace to depict violations of the less privileged. I don't want to illustrate my political involvement. Instead, I depict the ambivalence I feel when confronted with the media flow of worrying testimonies.
While I do this quasi-psychological analysis of the social group I belong to, I question and I justify the reason why I paint. For me, it's important that the paintings cannot be expressed in any other way than through painting. Their visual expression and the idea behind the paintings should be the same.
2018 Reality, Runö, Åkersberga, Sweden
2018 Demarcations, Rättvik art gallery, Rättvik, Sweden
2016 Levels of intentionality, Tyresö art gallery, Tyresö, Sweden
2015 Painting Processes, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 The Other, Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden
2012 Different Rooms 2.0, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Different Rooms, Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012 Action And Freedom, Museum Of Artistic Process and Public Art & Galleri Pictura, Lund, Sweden
2012 Supermarket, Kallio Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 One night stand, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Absurdia, Nordin Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Gallerie Gauche, Paris, France
2017 The Liljevalchs Spring Salon, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Moving Art Project, ten cities in Sweden
2015 The Map of the New Art, Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy
2014 The Liljevalchs Spring Salon, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Uppstart, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 The Liljevalchs Spring Salon, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 It is what it is - Is it that it is - Thats what it is, Alma Löv Museum, Värmland, Sweden
2004 Palazzo Nuevo, Turino, Italy
2004 À la trace, Galerie kamchatka, Paris, France
2002 De toute manière, The Academy of Fine Arts, Paris, France
2002 Prix Paul-Louis Weiller, The Academy of Fine Arts, Paris, France
1999-2004 MFA, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris university of fine arts, France
Working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Telefondirektören H T Cedergrens Uppfostringsfond grant, Anna Whitlock memory fund, The Swedish institute, the Sparbank fund Norrland, Prix Paul-Louis Weiller