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SIMON STÅLENHAG, gouache on paper, signed Simon Stålenhag and dated 2010.
"Forest Iron". Gouache on paper, 38 x 56 cm.
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Charity Auction – Simon Stålenhag, “Forest Iron”
World renowned artist Simon Stålenhag’s unique painting to be auctioned by Bukowskis to benefit Stugan Games Accelerator. A now prominent artist that began his career as a game developer, Stålenhag’s signed artwork will be auctioned to support aspiring games developers worldwide.
Stugan, the games accelerator created by Swedish games industry veterans, and Bukowskis presents a charity auction of one of the only physical painting ever completed by the internationally acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag. The original signed artwork owned by Stugan founder and prominent games entrepreneur Tommy Palm, will be auctioned off at Bukowskis auction house on October 23 to benefit Stugan and its growing list of aspiring games developer applicants.
Stålenhag is the author, concept designer and artist behind “Tales from the Loop” and “Things from the Flood”. His highly imaginative images and stories depicting illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian and American landscapes have made Stålenhag one of the most sought-after visual storytellers in the world. Recently the rights to “Tales from the Loop” were acquired by Amazon Studios to develop an 8-episode live action series based on the best-selling book.
The viewing of the piece launched today and a physical viewing will be held October 18-22 at Bukowskis classic premises in Stockholm (Berzelii Park 1). The artwork will be included in the Contemporary Art & Design + Important TImepieces viewing but sold separately online.
“Simon Stålenhag’s work has largely been inspired by Swedish painters, writers and poetry, so it’s amazing to see that the funds from this painting will be used to inspire games developers and visual storytellers, working toward their dreams right here in Sweden. Bukowskis is very excited about this auction and how Simon Stålenhag’s entre into the art world both expands our imagination and awakes our nostalgia at the same time,” said Björn Extergren, Head of Consignment and Sales Department at Bukowskis.
Stugan is a non-profit organization that organizes the annual accelerator program for talented and aspiring game developers. The program allows game developers from all over the globe to spend two months of their life in the Swedish woods in a Stugan, which means “the cabin” in Swedish, to build the game of their dreams. Stugan leverages the expertise of prominent global and Swedish games industry veterans to provide opportunities for shepherding game designers and developers through the entire process of making and launching a game. Stugan recently completed its fourth developers program in early August, graduating 20 game developers from 10 countries.
“I’ve always had a deep appreciation for Stålenhag’s incredible talent, from his early days as a games developer to his now one-of-a-kind illustrations that blend futuristic science fiction with rural life,” said Palm. “As a veteran games developer, I’m captivated by the creativity of his work and wanted to share this rare piece of art for someone else to enjoy while also benefiting the next generation of aspiring games developers, who are visual storytellers in their own right.”
Stugan is a non-profit organization that organizes the annual accelerator program for aspiring game developers. The word Stugan means “the cabin” in Swedish and is also a throwback to the name of the first Swedish commercial computer game made in 1978. Stugan leverages the expertise of the established Swedish game industry and aims to provide opportunities for shepherding up-and-coming game designers and developers through development, publishing, marketing and more for ensuring a successful games launch. Stugan is made possible by individuals including Oskar Burman (CEO and co-founder of Fast Travel Games), Tommy Palm (CEO and co-founder of Resolution Games) and many more.
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