For years I’ve been fascinated by portraiture and it seems like it will never end. I make art because it I enjoy it so much, I need to create stuff, it’s both relaxing and exciting at the same time. My approach to art and the art world is simple and easy going. I rarely try to convey a message in my works, it is for you, the viewer to decide what it is all about.
It may sound old fashioned, I guess. But I really like the old modernism painters and I guess it shows, I’d like to think that my mindset is similar. I remember that I was fascinated by the works of Matisse and his way with color, my inspirations are a bit different today, I tend to look at my surrounds a bit more and other contemporaries. For a long time both teachers and friends questioned why I keep making portraits and that I should do or try something else, for reasons unknown to me. Yoshitomo Nara, a very famous Japanese painter made me realize that you can do whatever you want, as long you have fun and enjoy what you do, at least that’s how I felt about it. Who cares if you just draw or paint one single thing, just do whatever you want and enjoy your time, when you want to explore other things it comes naturally.
So far I’ve studied at four art schools here in Sweden, I started at the basic level up to more advanced studies. I have tried a lot of different ways of approaching art and in the end it’s always the picture that works best for me, I paint, draw and shoot photos. However I do occasionally think about video and audio works, but haven’t found a way to use that medium to express myself in a way that feels like me.
I enjoy reading a bit of art history now and then, thinking about art in a more conceptual way, I do however not employ any of the art history practices into my own works, at least not consciously. For me this is very important because I feel that it would poison my creativity.