General News · 27th June 2015
Works by Christer Ekstrom opened Friday June 26 at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery in Whaletown. About 30 pieces suffused the gallery with a glow not unlike that provided by watercolors. Compared to his show two years ago, most of the new pieces are light, airy and poetic.
The first example above demonstrates Christer’s exploration of Goethe, “My direction as a painter is inspired by Goethe’s theory of colors”. He postulated that our spectrum of colors happens BETWEEN the light and the dark, contradicting Newton’s ideal that it only comes from the light. In this painting, Christer magically touches the canvass with the spectrum as if it were projected thereon, between the light and the dark.
In the example below, He demonstrates the “atmospheric” qualities and illusion of Turner’s depiction of boats on the Thames, “The work of Wilhelm Turner has been crucial in my development.” This viewer particularly enjoyed the craquelure with the imagery in this painting.
I believe Mr Ekstrom’s show of new work succeeds in transporting us into that meditative level of joy, “My paintings are like flowers, they don’t portray anything external. My paintings are psychic and spiritual landscapes.”
Be sure to visit his show Saturday, June 27 and July 4 from 2 to 6 pm. Sunday, June 28 and July 5 from 2 to 6 pm. and Friday July 3rd, 6-9PM
Artist in explanation