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

 

All images © 2019 Jesper Sundwall