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Important Spring Sale Presents Jan Håfström

Jan Håfström

"Walker's Escape"

Jan Håfström has often broken away from conventions and boundaries. He writes art criticism, makes films, stage design, paints and sculpts.

In 2001, he surprised the Swedish art public with the exhibition "Walker", which hit Färgfabriken in Stockholm like a bomb. Out of the abstract, silent, minimalist world emerges Mr. Walker and his fictional, eventful world. Elements of childhood adventures and images of the disguised Mr. Walker, aka the Phantom, are present in the paintings. This time in the form of cut-out, enlarged details. Like backdrops that for once play the main role, the stories and adventures return in fragments to form a new story, of what was and what became.

But Walker also moves in the same world as A. Böcklin's "Island of Death" from the 1880s and Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" from 1902. In the darkness of romance, death is fought and the creative force of life is allowed to win and triumph. In the story of Mr. Walker, Håfström combines the abstract canvases and the moods of the objects with the stories that have been crucial and strongly influenced his life. The journey of childhood comes back in a stripped-down and renewed form.

To be sold at the Important Spring Sale
Estimate 200 000 - 250 000 SEK

Viewing: June 8th–13th, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open: Weekdays 11 am–6 pm, Weekends 11 am–4 pm
Auction Live: June 14th – 16th, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm

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