All images © 2019 Jesper Sundwall

    About the artist

    I am a classically trained painter with a background in graphic design. My current work explores the traditional and contemporary still life.

     

    Historically, an important part of still life was to convey ideas through symbolism. In today’s society and culture, we have very different symbols to that which were traditionally used. I am fascinated by the symbolism we might find in every day contemporary objects, and the new language we can create through playing with composition

     

    My goal is to not over-intellectualise my painting process, but rather to aim for a more visceral response. I try to capture the feel and material of the object, to invoke a sense of curiosity, to hint at an imaginary scene and raise questions about the role and nature of objects.

     

    Selected exhibitions

    2017  

    Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York

    2016

    Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York

    2015

    King's College Art Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

    Ecdysis, Ponsonby Central, Auckland, New Zealand

    Artfusions, Auckland, New Zealand

    Dornwell Group Show, Railway Street Studios, New Zealand

    Northart Members' Midyear Exhibition, New Zealand

    2014

    King's College Art Sale, King's College, New Zealand

    2013

    King's College Art Sale, King's College, New Zealand

    Fixed Format, Northart, New Zealand

     

    2012

    Making Tracks, Railway Street Studios, New Zealand

    King's College Art Sale, King's College, New Zealand

    Great Plate Exhibition, Yvonne Rust Gallery, New Zealand

    Florence to Auckland - Two person exhibition, Railway Street Studios, New Zealand

    2011

    Classical Realism exhibition, New Zealand

    2009

    Group Show - Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

    2008

    Group Show - Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

    2007

    Group Show - Annigoni’s Legacy Exhibition, London

    Awards

    2016

    ARC Salon Finalist “Spill”, Still Life Category

    2012

    ARC Salon Honorable Mention “Sven & I”, Animal Category

    2011

    ARC Salon Finalist “Walnuts & pot”, Still Life Category

    Education

    2018

    Masters in Fine Art, New York Academy of Art, New York

    2013

    Professional Practice, Browne School of Art, Auckland

    2009

    Angel Art Academy, Florence

    1997

    Parsons School of Design, Paris and New York, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree

    Professional Practice

    1999 - 2003

    Art Director, RDA International, New York

    1997 - 1998

    Designer, Rolling Stone Magazine, New York