I was born in India in 1952 on the southern slopes of the Himalayas.
1967 I came to Sweden to study the final year of primary school and further
education in high school.
1977 I entered the KV-art school in Gothenburg where I studied for two years.
In 1979 I entered Hovedskou art school in Gothenburg.
1980 I had a brake from art school to travel in India one year. It was of
vital importance for the content of my pictures. Especially inspiring was the
trip to Ladakh and contacts with the Tibetan culture.
Black / white photographs from Ladakh 1980.
Impressions of Ladakh, Varanasi and Nepal was processed for several years to
1981 I studied painting further one year. Shared a studio with some fellow
students where I worked for 20 years. The painting was now much about my
experiences in India.
1982 I continued my art education at Hodvedskous graphic department where
lithography was of great interest. Most of the graphic series from Varanasi was
made during the period 1982-1985 as well as some of the images from Ladakh under
the title "To the east of Nun Kun".
Several lithographs from the Nun Kun was prepared in the Artists Collective
Workshop after finishing the art studies.
Nun Kun are two twin peaks of the Himalayas and the graphics are fantasies,
shapes that extrapolates what I saw with elements of science fiction from the
East of the Nun Kun. Drawings and graphics
Varanasi ghats (steps towards the river) reflects people's search for
the meaning of life but also the pursuit towards a sublime state, an
eternal now, a timelessness. The strong blinding light carves out shadowy
figures seeking an ascent to nothingness, nirvana.
Prints and drawings Varanasi ghats
1984/85 turn of the year. I was a few very productive weeks in Rome.
Drawing was in the center.
1985 I was awarded Erik Eriksson scholarship of 25 000 Skr
Many paintings from Varansi and the Himalayas was made in the studio
the latter part of the 80´s. I can not date them precisely because many
were processed for a long time, sometimes up to 5-6 pieces at a time over
several years. Several were made after the trip to India 1987. The
paintings from the Himalayas is very much about the roads to Tibet, the
pilgrimage, the high passes.
Varanasi paintings 1983-1988
Himalayas paintings 1985-1992
1986, I made my second trip to Italy shortly after I finished a course
in mural painting. My interest for al fresco led me to Firenze, Arezzo and
Assisi, where Giotto and Piero della Francesca murals existed.
Drawings, photographs from Assisi. Arezzo and Firence.
Two al fresco inspired by Varanasi and Ladakh
1987 I traveled in India for 5 months. Himalayas was after all my
great interest, especially productive was the time in Kulu Valley with
travelogue, drawings and watercolors, mixed with a little photography. Now
I was caught and totally immersed in mountain and rock motifs.
Kulu valey 1987 Watercolours, drawings &
Thoughts on the Himalayas, mountains and Buddhism led to major themes as
"World Mountain", "Crystal Mountain" and "Terra"
that dominated my work until the first major solo exhibition in 1994 and 1995.
It is themes that still lie close to me which is constantly fascinating and
still working my mind. The Buddhist stupa as a symbol of world axis and
illustrating the world mountain collecting the thoughts of past, present and
future. The central triptych "World Mountain" with Origins, Passed
roads and Reconstruction contains cosmological ideas, criticism of civilization
and human failings. Triptych "Crystal Mountain" with Mono, Poly, and
Infinit combines mathematical thoughts with growing and spontaneous creation.
The monolith becomes a Tower of Babel in the primeval sea, Polymorphic compounds
forming the heavenly bodies and the Infinite decomposition vibrates chaotic as
the smallest components of our existence.
World Mountain intro
World Mountain 1994
A short period when I discovered the of the world of computers and
their ability to produce graphics I made experiments with random images
within certain restrictions. Chaos was the engine of growth process in
which mathematical calculations repeated until they filled the paper, most
likely as when you play with the pen.
Random Picture Project 1993
After the exhibitions I began to orient myself to the biological sphere
as a counterweight to the "crystalline" I constantly had worked.
The forms became increasingly deformed bodies of animals and humans. I saw
it in the rock, stone, trees and landscape.
Studio work consisted also a lot of still life studies for
the most part "degenerated" into dystopian fantasies, those on
civilizations that run amok.
Economic difficulties and much other kind of work to survive dominated the
period up to 2001, when I had to move to another studio.
In the late 80s and most of the 90s I worked for living on cleaning
hospitals, give art courses and assist at arts high school. Late 90s I worked in
a cinema as technical manager. I joined some group exhibitions. I made a lot of
model drawing and photography became the dominant means of expression.
The drawing together with travelogue resulted in the
Holidays in Portugal in 2005 (Swedish)
Drawing has followed me all the time. Many drawings are
not collected for a theme. They live their own life, abstract, ambiguous.
Here is a series old and new artwork.
Travelogues began to become increasingly common. Udaipur from the 2008
trip to India and a nice ending far down in the mythical Rajastan.
Udaipur 2008 (Swedish)
The travelogue from India trip in 2010 was made along the way, there
are several articles interjected. The trip went among others to Darjeeling
A large number of photo series have emerged since 2006. Of these I would
The Fangorn forest 2010
Into the reeds 2007
A large number of watercolors and drawings made during 2011 India trip.
A travelogue as e-book in swedish with watercolors and drawings can be
India 2011 a brief summary
The impressions from the mountains appear in many freely
imaginative watercolors made in the studio after returning home.
The theme Crystal Mountain was hilighted after impressions from the
Himalayan trip 2010 and 2011. I have combined fantasies of Shangri-La with
the spontaneous crystalline structure and remnants of bygone civilization.
The geological morphological form and the human abodes form a symbiosis
difficult to distinguish. In the spring of 2012, I made the exhibition
"Crystal Mountain" in my own studio. Here again the triptych
Crystal Mountain from1994 had a central position.
Crystal Mountain 2012 Studio Exhibition
2012 during fall I travelled with a Swedish group to Tibet. The
impressions were processed in a series of ink drawings in my studio after
the trip. They were exhibited during the Culture Night October 11, 2013 by
the theme "Light and Darkness over Tibet" in my own studio. The
travelogue "Tibetan Journey" was published at the same time. My
dreams have always been going to Tibet. Unfortunately, the Tibetan
situation is getting worse, and their history is tragic. The culture live
in guarded sanctuaries with severe restrictions. Hopes have been around
for a more liberal policy of the Chinese coverment affix to all minorities,
religions and cultures within China's borders. Unfortunately, it have been
disappointing several times.
Tibet Letter, a brief
Studio Exhibition Culture Night 2013 "Light and
Darkness over Tibet"
Tibet Ink Drawings 2013
Tibet Journey 2012 with text and photos. (in Swedish)
Tibet Journey in PDF (in Swedish)
All drawings from Tibet.
Santiago, Puerto Natale, Torres del Paine, Chiloe och Valparaiso.
Studio exhibition "Hidden
trails to unseen cities" 2014 was a return to the crystal
mountain with a new perspective. The mountains are now in an almost
Exhibition Culture Night 2014