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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Art Exhibition - Lars Lerin (1)

On Thursday, I visited an art exhibition by one of Scandinavia's leading artists in watercolour technique, Lars Lerin (1954- ). He is also the author of more than forty books.

Lars Lerin was born and raised in Munkfors, Värmland. He studied at the art school of Gerlesborg 1974-75, and at the Department of Fine Arts, Valand 1980-84.

He has had solo and group exhibitions in art museums and galleries in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Germany, Norway and the United States. He has also travelled to the Artic and Antartic, Siberia, Scotland, India, Egypt and Iran; which is reflected in some of his paintings. Since 2005, he also has his own gallery in old industrial premises at Laxholmen, Munkfors, Värmland (62 km N Karlstad).

I did not know when we went to the exhibition at our local art museum whether it would be allowed to take photographs, but it turned out it was. So I snapped away, and will be showing a number of them with my own comments, sorted by themes into three separate posts.

The exhibition poster outside the museum.

(The sculpture in the foreground has nothing to do with Lars Lerin.)

So what are people looking at here...? A bookcase?

Yes and no. A natural size painting of a bookcase! (N.b. - the floor was not tilting. My friend who was holding the camera was...)

An astonishingly detailed painting.

And yet when you try to figure out the titles, you find most of them illegible!

Notice the little red markings on some of the books?
They indicate that they belong to a public library.

My friend Gunnel.
We were next-entrance-neighbours for 22 years (until 2 years ago).

Another source of inspiration for Lars has been old photo albums.

Something Lars is particularly good at is darkness and light.
Below is a collage of four paintings of silvery objects.

(Collages above and below put together by me in Picasa.)

Paintings of "bigger things" will be coming up in another post.

If you don't want to wait, you can also take a peek at the gallery at Lars Lerin's own web page.


Ginny said...

I adore this post and am so glad they let you take pictures and that you are posting them! The bookcase painting is amazing, and I'm glad you took several photos of the painting so I can get a really close up look. How very clever! Also how un usual to think of something like that. Can't wait to see more!

GB said...

This looks like an exhibition I would have enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Sandra said...

these are awesome! Ilove that book case and thanks for showing the books detail up close. He is very talented and i would love to see his show.


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