English Summary of akvarellen 2-2010
ARNE HAUGEN SORENSEN (Denmark)
By Peter Vilhelm Nielsen
Arne Haugen Sorensen (born 1932) has been an actor on the Danish art scene for many years. His artistic start took place in Paris in the 1950´s. After that he moved around in Europe with stops in France, on Mallorca and in Denmark. He now lives permanently in Spain.Colourful pictures in the acrylic technique, which to a high degree is related to the watercolour technique, is the picture language in which we know Haugen Sorensen. Even if inspiration has been fetched from many different countries, the theme of the pictures is a universal and very personal picture language, which revolves round Man´s carnal urges and the absurdity of life, but the colourful pictures also give a complementary sense of joy and playfulness.
ANETTE GUSTAFSSON (Sweden)
By Jacqueline Stare
Anette Gustafsson spends three months a year in the summer in Rödhamn, a small island in the outermost archipelago of Åland. Her motifs are actually about nature. She fetches them most often from Rödhamn and the surroundings around her home in the countryside of Uppland, Sweden. There she has woods and pastures, water that glitters through deciduous trees and deforestations. Trees and boatmasts/sails give a constant line-pattern and variation between surfaces.
Sometimes she is expressive in colour, sometimes soft and shimmering, less and less tangibly realistic like in many previous watercolours from Rödhamn. In some later pictures there is a faint tendency towards Cubism and abstraction in the play between surfaces and atmosphere, and firm contours in others.
TWO WORKS OF ART BY ARNE ISACSSON AND PÅL SVENSSON (Sweden)
By Jacqueline Stare
Arne Isacsson was asksed on his 90th birthday about what the best is that he has made during the course of the years. The answer is probably typical of the grand old man of Swedish watercolour painting: "The best I have hopefully not made yet. What I want to do is a sculpture together with the sculptor Pål Svensson." Pål Svensson is one of the most active sculptors in our cuntry and is well known in Sweden and represented in, i.a., Germany, Denmark, Belgium, England and the USA.
Now, about two and a half years later, the two artists have made not only one but two public works together: two, approximately five meters´ high sculptures in granite and watercolour where the pictures are laminated in glass. "SOTE MÄRKE" stands in the Kungshamn harbour and "PÅLARNE" is placed outside the church in Fjällbacka.
The two artists are strong personalities. They have much in common and, when looking at what they both have achieved within their respective fields and how they enter upon different connections with great enthusiasm and will to pursue the things they believe in, it is not at all surprising that they also have managed to combine the compact stone and the light-bearing watercolour in two sculptures where the two techniques support and bring out each other.
INGERID KRANE (Norway)
By Britt Stokke Lonaas
Ingerid Krane paints in the modern watercolour technique, preferably in large formats, and likes to vary between a coarse and a fine structure. She uses the well-known watercolour techniques and underlines that the light is important. She lets the pigments lay the contours and the fine lines and the headword is to simplify, simplify and simplify! Ingerid changes between light and dark tones, from wet to completely dry areas in order to create life, to bring out a spill and an effect in the pictures. She paints from out of her feelings and sees the motif through her inward eye whether it concerns ideas, memories and/or experiences. Her pictures appear through expressions of longing, hope and not least joy. She stresses that joy is important.
ANDREW WYETH (USA)
at the Nordic Watercolour Museum, May 14 - September 5, 2010
By Peter V Nielsen
On May 14, 2010, the opening of an Andrew Wyeth exhibition takes place at the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet (Nordic Watercolour Museum) in Skärhamn, Sweden. It is an unusual occasion to see Wyeth´s pictures in Europe. Earlier, there have been exhibitions only in London, Paris and Bologna, so it is a "must" for watercolour painters and for those interested in watercolour painting to visit this exhibition. Many books have been written about Wyeth´s art, but they do not do him full justice. One has to see this exhibition, see how surprisingly large the watercolours are, and see how much they contain in comparison to reproductions.