Per Lindqvist paints the pictures he feels are missing from the world. His oil paintings depict urban landscapes that flirt with photorealism before evolving into an expression of his own memory. With his work, Lindqvist hopes to capture “the feeling of presence.” To him, memory is not solely a visual experience; it’s a sensory multitude that must be felt as much as it is seen.
Light plays an essential role in Lindqvist’s work. His shifting tones dance through night scenes like neon and fluorescent lights. The frenetic energy of these scenes seems like a perfect translation of the city after hours. In contrast, Lindqvist’s daylight paintings track the lugubrious march of the sun by the shadows that lean across the urban landscape. All of his paintings are alive with a sense of movement, allowing the viewer to tap into his or her own memories of their own cities and feel present in the rush or slowness of the scene. In these moments, the viewer walks the streets with Lindqvist and shares, for a time, a memory of a place he or she has never been.