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Artist in Focus : Andreas Eriksson

Andreas Eriksson

In this section for D’s Art Takes, we pick one artist to showcase their work and creative journey so far. Today, we look at the contemporary visual artist, Andreas Eriksson.

About the Artist

Andreas Eriksson was born in 1975 in Björsäter, Sweden. Eriksson’s atmospheric works are evocative of the landscape surrounding his studio in the Swedish countryside, where he grew up. He is less interested in creating images, and prefers using the canvas and paint to project and formulate his visual and emotional experience of the natural environment. Eriksson also works in photography, sculpture, video and weaving. However, he regards these media ultimately as different ways to explore painting itself. He has the ability to translate the everyday into a more diffused space for the viewer to dwell in.

Andreas Eriksson’s artistic practice is highly expansive, encompassing a wide range of different media, including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. Often appearing quiet and understated, his work hums poetry and deep-seated significance. His paintings leave a lasting effect on the spectator. The artist has lived in a house situated in the midst of a forest, since 2000. Small phenomena from his everyday life from the natural world that surrounds him and finds its way into his art. It becomes the outset for his works, giving his formal, conceptual, metaphorical and perceptual decision-making process a firm context.

Eriksson is fond of embracing dualities such as inside and outside, lightness and heaviness, illusion and reality. Hovering enigmatically between the abstract and the figurative, his work creates a window onto the outside world, which is simultaneously familiar and mysterious. The tranquil palette is invested with emotional intensity with which Eriksson imbues his work. This is owing to a sustained investigation into charting his own reactions to the natural world that surrounds him.

In creating his paintings Eriksson builds up structures using blocks, layers and brushstrokes of colour in earthy tones that recall tree trunks, soil strata, moss fibres, leaf-cell structures, or simply after-images on the retina from looking at blinding-white snow. However, the artist avoids a clearly recognisable topography, perspective or reproduction of reality, making it hard to distinguish between earth and sky, figurative and abstract.

Often his paintings explore the immaterial traces of human presence, such as the reflections in his studio windows or the shadow paintings  based on photographs of the shadows created on his wall.

The artist states: “If you look at something long enough, it eventually turns into something else. For me, this ‘something else’ usually ends up as a painterly experience; be it a photograph, a tapestry, a painting, or a sculpture. This idea is based on a dream of reaching a stage where you liberate yourself and just exist.”

Eriksson at India Art Fair

The evocative works by this artist was showcased by the Gallery neugerriemschneider, established by Tim Neuger and Burkhard Riemschneider in 1994 in Berlin. In its first two years, the gallery presented some of the first solo exhibitions of the then-little-known artists Olafur Eliasson, Sharon Lockhart, Michel Majerus, to name a few. Steadily expanding over the past 25 years, today neugerriemschneider also counts Ai Weiwei, Pawel Althamer, Thomas Bayrle, James Benning- as part of its program.

Andreas lives and works in Medelplana on the south bank of Lake Vänern, Sweden.

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