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Martin Wickström

(Sweden, Born 1957)
Estimate
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
27 400 - 36 600 EUR
29 100 - 38 800 USD
Hammer price
320 000 SEK
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Martin Wickström
(Sweden, Born 1957)

"Blue in Green"

Signed Martin Wickström and dated 2007 verso. Diptych, oil on canvas 180 x 290 cm.

Saleroom notice

Acquired from the artist.
Exhibited at the American Embassy's residence in Stockholm.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist.
Tom Böttinger Collection, Stockholm.

Exhibitions

Eskilstuna konstmuseum, "Antia och havet", 23 August - 12 October 2008.
Virserums Konsthall, "Leka med Döden", 2 October 2011 - 5 April 2012.
Exhibited at the American Embassy's residence in Stockholm.

Literature

Lars Liljendahl, Greger Ulf Nilson (ed), "Martin Wickström-99-09", 2009, ill. p. 444-445.

More information

Martin Wickström belongs to the generation of post modernist painters that freely borrows expressions from pop culture and advertising, as well as pop art and photo realism. The painting ”Blue in Green” (2007) is one in a series expanding over several years where Martin Wickström pictures the play between light and shade on the facades of buildings facing the streets in suburbs, villages and citys ranging from little Finspång to New York City. As always the colors are strong, the cropping is brave and the painting technique flawless.

The facades appear as thin and as flat as a painting. The afternoon light, both dream-like and melancholic, is minutely rendered with its shadows, sunspots and reflections on empty windows. No humans are visible. Wickström allows the viewer to imagine worlds hidden behind the facades. There is a kind of indifference to the world in these surfaces. The contrasts are powerful; the detail is precise and the painting perfect. Yet beneath the seemingly flawless surface lurks an abyss. The motifs are often both deeply personal and at the same time socially critical.

Martin Wickström graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 1987. He had his breakthrough in the mid-1990s and is today counted as one of Sweden’s most important contemporary artists.