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Tomas Lundgren

 

 

Forever Someone Else
Tomas Lundgren, born in 1985, has won increasing acclaim for his uniquely distinctive and peaceful explorations in painting. He has been shown at Färgfabriken, Göteborgs konsthall, and Moderna Museet Malmö, and is a recipient of Beckers Art Award and the Fredrik Roos Art Grant. With unbelievably painstaking care, he works through a succession of layers with his brush, like an archaeologist of sorts. His black and white paintings oscillate between a thousand shades of grey. 

What will you be showing in your new exhibition?
– It’s a continuation of the exhibition I had here in 2017. I’ll be investigating and illuminating different aspects of the past by recreating archival photographs in paintings. While my last exhibition revolved around repetition, my focusing is on the individual instead this time, both as a unitary whole and as fragmented, both in separation and in a broader context.

What is it about this particular period that makes it your go-to source for subjects?
– To a great extent, it’s the fact that the political, economic, psychological, scientific, and artistic movements of our time originated then. It was a chaotic time, full of stark contrasts, which embodies both the noblest and the most horrendous of humanity’s ambitions.

Can you tell us something about your technique?
– There is an archaeological dimension, both to the subjects themselves and to the way I construct the paintings. My process is based on reconstruction, and the paintings are created over long periods of time, through tiny shifts in the shading. I use Titan White and Ebony, and mix them into all the various shades of grey. 

The exhibition open on 31 August.

 
  Tomas Lundgren   As Another III  2018 Oil on canvas 40 x 30 cm

Tomas Lundgren
As Another III
2018
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm

  Tomas Lundgren  Simulacra II 2017—18 Oil on canvas 210 x 140 cm

Tomas Lundgren
Simulacra II
2017—18
Oil on canvas
210 x 140 cm