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For nearly 15 years, Swedish artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand has created extraordinary large-scale ink wash paintings that feature monumental landscapes, compelling portraits and serene interiors. This is the largest solo presentation of her work to date, giving visitors a chance to see the majority of her very limited production of only around 30 works in total.






 




















 





























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Gunnel Wählstrand

Magasin III, Stockholm (Sweden)

11.02 - 11.06.2017


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Gunnel Wählstrand, Magasin III, Stockholm

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For nearly 15 years, Swedish artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand has created extraordinary large-scale ink wash paintings that feature monumental landscapes, compelling portraits and serene interiors. This is the largest solo presentation of her work to date, giving visitors a chance to see the majority of her very limited production of only around 30 works in total.


The director of Magasin III, David Neuman, describes his first encounter with Wåhlstrand's work in 2003 as “…one of those incredible experiences that you don’t have that many times in life. A student thesis exhibition that surpassed most of what I’ve seen over the past 20 years." Magasin III has followed her closely ever since.


In order to understand her practice one needs to describe how she developed this exceptional technique of painting with ink. The only connection that Wåhlstrand had to her father while growing up was a box of family photographs. He took his own life when she was just one year old, and to fill the silence surrounding his life and disappearance, Wåhlstrand began to use these photographs as a point of departure for her paintings. Translating the photographic images by hand into a much larger scale bestows upon both artist and viewer a heightened sense of presence—almost as if one could step into the image. The exacting technique and the oversized scale are a nearly impossible combination that tests the limits of what is technically possible, a challenge that Wåhlstrand embraces because of the focus it demands. A drive to investigate her past is what has enabled her to develop a singular technique. Now she is leaving the family albums behind and applying her methods to images of personal significance.


"Although her works are very precise they have none of the rigidity often found in photo-realism. Instead, the transparent washes emanate a shifting fluidity and seem to dissolve when viewed closely."
–Bronwyn Griffith


Curators: Bronwyn Griffith & David Neuman


The exhibition Gunnel Wåhlstrand will travel to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, July 1–October 1, 2017.















 







Gunnel Wåhlstrand, The Cove, 2013. Ink on paper, 157 x 157 cm. UBS Art Collection. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.





Exhibition 11 February -11 June 2017. Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Frihamnsgatan 28 - SE-115 56 Stockholm (Sweden). Hours: thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11 am-5pm.












 





 



























 





 











Gunnel Wåhlstrand, The Cove, 2013. Ink on paper, 157 x 157 cm. UBS Art Collection. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.