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New Season – New Highlights: Ola Billgren

Ola Billgren


Bukowskis presents “Målning” by Ola Billgren at this spring’s Contemporary Art & Design sale on April 26th..

A common thread that runs through Ola Billgren’s artistic production is his ability to formulate the relationship between art and reality, as well as to capture the moment and create a unity between the historical and the contemporary.

Billgren’s visual art, especially from the 1960s, may seem accessible in a realist manner and almost cinematic expression. ”Målning” (Painting), executed in 1968 – 69, depicts a young woman’s backside. She probably plays the main character in a bigger scene than we only can imagine. A bright light shines into the room, widening the viewer’s vision despite its narrow perspective. However, the real action takes place closest to the viewer, where a doll thrown on the floor creates drama. The child on the right side of the picture is clinging to its mother in a hesitant forward movement. Is the woman alone with the child in the room? Is she waiting for someone, or has someone just left the room? These details create a suggestive atmosphere.

Ola Billgren’s interest in finding motifs in other visual fields, such as film, led to a composition with oblique perspectives, “cut-in” details and close-ups. It creates a narrative that is heavily influenced by the photographic images found in everyday media, which characterizes many of his paintings at this time. The important piece “Målning” in the upcoming auction is an exceptional example and a vital work from the late 1960s.

Be part of a fantastic auction – we are currently accepting commissions for the spring Contemporary Art & Design, the one and only auction for contemporary art and design in the Nordic region. Please contact our specialists today and sell for the best prices on the market.

As part of the Bonhams network, Bukowskis reach a global market with millions of customers through a combination of our digital platforms and auction houses in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Sydney. We are now accepting consignments for our upcoming auctions. Welcome to contact our specialists already today.

Viewing April 21–25th, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Auction Live April 26th, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm

Consignments are underway Contact specialist

Louise Wrede
Louise Wrede
Specialist Contemporary Art, Private Sales
+46 (0)739 40 08 19
Karin Aringer
Karin Aringer
Specialist Photographs and Contemporary Art
+46 (0)702 63 70 57