Ulrika Lindblom – Naturgrafitti, aquaprint, 45x45cm, 2009
By Jacqueline Stare
Ulrika Lindblom grew up in a home of artists and has always painted. To express herself in different ways has been a must for her as long as she can remember. She has a broad education and works not only with watercolours but also with painting in various techniques, sculpture, digital creating and not least with graphic art. In her watercolours she sometimes has a blackness and a feeling for lines which leads one to think about black/white graphics. She sometimes prints in screen technique and then uses watercolours. She prefers on the whole to work with blackness and with earthen colours irrespective of technique and adds sometimes features of red, yellow or blue. Ulrika Lindblom finds it important to work with contrasts, e.g., city/buldings-landscape, graphiti-plants. She finds inspiration everywhere and nature, despite her searching in different places, is after all her most important source of inspiration. Ulrika Lindblom seldom uses brushes in her work. Twigs, cardboard, pieces of bark, well, anything that she has at hand, can be worked with. It is not only unexpected meetings in the pictures that are interesting, also the traces of her many and varying painting tools are.
By Lasse Sandström
Three things are required in order to become a proficient bird painter: a genuine interest in birds, skill in watercolour painting and an art to let go – not to paint too much in detail. Lars Fredholm in Hörby has all these qualities. Besides the interest in birds, Lars Fredholm has moreover painted in watercolours since he was young. After private lessons in the beginning of the 1980?s, he tried to find a style of his own, he experimented in various styles. When the interest in birds developed, he found the perfect combination. The preparatory time is long. He brings with him his sketchbook and camera, sometimes the paints are brought along as well. It is important to get the most important down, e.g., certain specific characteristics in the feather markings. Also the landscape with its houses, stable ranges, fields and watercourses as well as old things that bear traces of many years of tillage give him inspiration.
By Jacqueline Stare
For Anne Østergaard it is absolutely necessary to paint, she has chosen to work part-time as a picture teacher for many years and will retire with pension prematurely as soon as she can next year. The idea is to then be able to devote herself entirely to her painting and to try to gather a regular group with which to paint together and possibly teach watercolour painting. Anne Østergaard has always put the feeling in the foreground when she paints and has used her knowledge about colour tinges and their expression. In recent years she has got a favourite motif above others – it even beats the pleasure in painting cows, fishes and chicken – and that is to paint sea-gulls. In innumerable pictures she has tried to catch these birds in flight, beside each other, diving after fish cannery. Svolvaer, where she loves to be, is a paradise for a gull painter.
By Jacqueline Stare
Chinese and Japanese art has fascinated us in Europe for centuries. Carmen Lindahl has always been captiavated by the Chinese art, as far as motifs as well as the handicraft is concerned. In her graphic sheets – which come in two different formats – she has done her utmost to bring forward the contrasts between the blackness and the white paper. The next step was to paint, with Chinese watercolours, which have a special kind of pigment, on a number of the graphic sheets and then in the work with these colours to lay herself close to the character of the Chinese painting. In these pictures she has wanted to explore how she harmoniously will be able to combine her own motifs with the forms of expression of many hundred years of a quite different culture so that her own pictures get a genuine expression.
ARNE ISACSSON, the Nestor of Swedish watercolour painting and the big and constant supporter of the Nordic Watercolour Association, has passed away at the age of 93. With his allround, creative activity, his broad intermediation and his strong demands for professional quality, Arne Isacsson has contributed towards the fact that the watercolour art in the Nordic countries, the past ten years, has reached greater spread, broader manifoldness, higher quality and stronger status within the art institution as well as in the public room. For that reason he also became the first honorary member of the Nordic Watercolour Association and the sole Nordic honorary member of the Royal Watercolour Society.