Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to present Swedish artist Andreas
Eriksson’s third solo exhibition at the gallery entitled ‘Kria’. Eriksson is a painter
who lives and works in Medelplana, Sweden. The artist is known for the unique
way he examines nature and the history of painting to portray the quiet beauty
that underscores everyday life.
‘Kria’, (Swedish for ‘school assignment’), features new paintings and explores the
themes of repetition, the act of looking and the passing of time.
In gallery one, a suite of large scale-paintings of equal size are divided into day
and night and are all inspired by the same drawing.
The daytime works possess the elliptical colour tone of winter’s natural light
while the night-time works offer more opaque variations of blackness.
The paintings reveal stark combinations of colour and texture. Thinly applied
paint in subdued tones of green, blue, grey and ochre sit alongside pronounced
areas of thick impasto. Built up in fragments and rendered in a variety of loose
and controlled applications of oil paint, each painting contains elements of
representation and abstraction and resembles both topographical maps and
The paintings are a window to nature and prolonged examination uncovers trees,
earth and rock formations in the compositions. In the darker paintings, oil is
applied to un-primed canvas resulting in a rich, build-up of colour shades. Like the
development of an analogue photograph, the paintings appear to be slowly coming
to the surface through a foreground of darkness.
In gallery two, Eriksson presents a series of small-scale paintings entitled ‘Skolk’,
(Swedish for ‘truancy’). Compositionally, these works are not mapped out ahead
of time. Instead, instincts and intuition play a part in how the artist interprets
nature on any given day. These paintings are a testament to the simple joy Eriksson
derives from applying paint to a surface.
In the artist’s own words, this exhibition confronts “…the contemporary problem of
trying to create something original.” Eriksson’s strength lies in his ability to elicit a
palpable sense of texture and place, both in nature and his studio. And by relying
on serendipity and chance, the artist elicits new discoveries and opportunities in
A catalogue of the exhibition will feature a text by Gilda Williams, writer and
London correspondent for Artforum, and a printed interview between the artist and
curator Alida Ivanov, editor of the catalogue.
Andreas Eriksson was born in 1975 in Björsäter, Sweden. He lives and works in
Medelplana on the south bank of Lake Vänern, Sweden.
Notable solo exhibitions include: Public art commission, Nya Karolinska Sjukhuset,
Solna (2018); ‘Röta, bråka, skäkta och häckla’, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm,
Sweden which toured to Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway; Centre PasquArt, Biel,
Switzerland and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2014-2015); ‘The Imminence
of Poetics’ 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012); The Nordic Pavilion,
Venice Biennale 2011, Venice, Italy (2011); ‘Roundabout the hardship of believing’
and ‘Walking the Dog, Lying on the Sofa,’ MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2008).
Notable group exhibitions include: Summer Days, Serlachius Museum, Mäntää,
Finland (2017); ‘Making and Unmaking’ curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts
Centre, London (2016); Swedish Art: Now!, Sven–Harry’s Art Museum, Stockholm,
Sweden; ‘Samtid’, Lidköpings Konstförening, Sweden (2016) ‘To Levitate in
Painting Andreas Eriksson and Michel Majerus’, Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin,
Germany (2013); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Austria (2010);
‘Modernautställningen 2010’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2010); ‘Life
Forms’, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); ‘Momentum 2009 – 5th
Nordic Biennal of Contemporary Art’, Moss, Norway (2009).
Eriksson’s works are included in prominent collections internationally including:
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden; Moderna Museet, Sweden; Skövde Art
Museum, Sweden; National Public Art Council, Sweden; Sundsvall Museum,
Sweden; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; MUMOK, Vienna; FRAC, Auvergne, France;
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway.