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"Painting is a part of me. I can't be without it.”

Get to know Andreas Johansson

Andreas Johansson was born in 1968 and raised in Luleå. Today, Andreas lives and works both in Österlen with a studio at the top of Bästekille Backar and in the north where he creates in his studio at a family farm in the small village of Gran, situated high with the inland forest at its back and a view over the valley where the Kåge River flows.

Andreas has always created images, starting with a camera in his hand before eventually swapping it for brushes and oil paints.

For over thirty years, he has transferred his emotions onto canvas, but it wasn't until 2020 that he chose to fully devote himself to art.

Andreas primarily paints in oil or acrylic. He chooses his color palette based on the winds blowing in his inner emotional landscape.

When painting in the studio in the special light of Österlen, his paintings are influenced by walks along the beaches and the sense of freedom he gets from the wide views. Light plays a central role. While the forests of the North draw him towards a richer color palette where nature is close.

With colors, Andreas connects his thoughts and feelings to create the experimental works that can be perceived as fantasies captured on the large canvases.

When he takes a brush in his hand, time and space disappear. His painting is colored by the tones flowing from the speakers, allowing them to guide him through the process in the artistic practice where he explores, discovers, and evolves. He doesn't name his works, set any boundaries but leaves it to the viewers to experience the paintings, to filter them through their own personal layers of all that makes them unique.

It's a language without words that more resembles listening to the tones of a beautiful piece of music or falling in love – it's something grand and captivating that is felt but is difficult to put into words.

"The images come to me, I see them in my mind. Like a glimpse of another world.

Sometimes I only understand what I have painted afterwards."

"The energy flows in sync with the music. Swift hands sweep the brush across the canvas... The scent of linseed oil and balsam turpentine fills the studio. The sensuality of the oily paint's buttery consistency and distinctive aroma is an experience for both body and soul. Andreas paints intuitively, following his impulses. He shows you images of his landscapes, both inner and outer.

Nature – with all the revelations he has had in the dark forests of the North, in the rushing rivers of the wilderness, and in the light along the long beaches of Österlen – is his never-ending source of inspiration.

With the oil paints, Andreas connects his thoughts and feelings to create the experimental works that can be perceived as fantasies captured on the large canvases. When he takes a brush in his hand, time and space disappear. His painting is colored by the tones flowing from the speakers, allowing them to guide him through the process in the artistic practice where he explores, discovers, and evolves."

"To dare to feel everything. To be weak. To be strong. To have trust. To feel sorrow. To feel longing.

The longing to be a child. Without demands. Without responsibility."

"The paintings are constructed from Andreas's innermost feelings. He lives to create them. The meditative process of painting is pure love, and when he finishes a piece, he holds it close to his heart. Yet, he gives it no name, sets no boundaries, but leaves it to the viewers to experience the paintings, to sift them through their own personal layers of all that makes them what they are.

Abstract landscapes and forms where the eye is free to interpret them based on one's own worldview. Perhaps the paintings can provide solace for someone, evoke longing in another? What the motif is determined by the one who rests their gaze upon them. There is no right and there is no wrong. No truth that can describe them with a single poignant sentence.

It's a language without words that more resembles listening to the tones of a beautiful piece of music or falling in love – it's something grand and captivating that is felt, but is difficult to put into words."

Today, Andreas lives and works both in Österlen with a studio at the top of Bästekille Backar and in the north where he creates in his studio at a family farm in the small village of Gran, situated high with the inland forest at its back and a view over the valley where the Kåge River flows.

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