John E Franzén «

John-E Franzén 2008

"Oh yes - It is the man with the big Cadillac, Hell's Angels, Doug's Place, The Royal Family. His name is associated with different works like that, large and always astonishing - and they have always been carried out without compromise. What he has made up his mind to do he has also done; his will-power can be noticed in every detail."

This is a quotation from a book by Ulf Linde "Introductions. Ulf Linde at the Thielska Gallery 1977-1997".

"John E Franzén painted the famous "Hell's Angels". This was done in America. It took him three years to paint it. He has depicted every little detail. "Motorcycle enthusiasts buy John E Franzén's paintings. But when he paints motorcycles he does not think it is necessary to make every detail look like those of the model. He adds and takes away, making his own model. He is painting his own vision of the existing model."

"Motor vehicles are rarely given a main part in artistic work. But for John E Franzén they are personalities. He scrutinizes every detail of his engines. Beneath the perfect surface a pulse is beating."

"John E Franzén paints not only motorcycles and cars but also landscapes."

"I do everything with the heart and the stomach, he says. I never do anything with irony or with a distance to the object. Everything is taken seriously. There is no intellectual overtone."

The quotations above are translations of texts taken from "The Life of Artists in Österlen" written by Lisa Ovesen and sold at artist homes, galleries and tourist offices in Österlen in southern Sweden.



1942 Born in Stockholm, Sweden
1988-1995 Professor of painting, The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1989- Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Stene Projects, Stockholm (presentation in Swedish)
2012 Stene Projects at Volta, Basel, Switzerland
2009 Tommarps Kungsgård, Sweden
2008 Brandstrom Stockholm, Sweden (presentation in Swedish)

Photography, Tomarps Kungsgård, Sweden
Kabusa Art Hall, Sweden

1997 Academy of Fine arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1995 Thielska Galleriet Stockholm, Sweden
1985 The castle of Gripsholm, Mariefred (Portrait of the Royal Family), Sweden
The National Swedish Museum of Fine Arts (Portrait of the Royal Family), Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 The Artists´ Garden, Växjö Art Hall, Sweden
Friends of Art, Åke Andrén´s Collection, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden
The Artists´ Garden, Landskrona Art Hall, Sweden
Speed Art Design, Galleri Imma, Mariestad, Sweden
2006 Hishult Art Hall, Sweden
Virserum´s Art Hall, Sweden

"Fantasy and reality", an exhibition of the art of graphics, Djakarta, Indonesia, arranged by Gallery Astley in collaboration with the Swedish embassy.

1988 "Masterpieces from Gripsholm Castle" National Portrait Gallery Washington D.C, U.S.A
1984 An exhibition in China arranged by NUNSKU (The Committee for Contemporary Swedish Art Abroad).
"Proof print" The National Swedish Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1983 "Drawing" S.A.K. Academy of Fine arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1982 "Water-colour" Galerie Il Segni, Roma, Italy
1981 Musée dárt Moderne à Bruxelles, Belgium
1979 Musee Salvador Allende - Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Sweden
1975 "Neuer Realismus aus Schweden" at a number of museums in Germany.
1974 Ars 74 Helsinki, Finland

"Alternative Suédoise" - Musée dárt Moderne, Paris, France
"Alternative Suédoise" - Louisiana, Denmark
"Swedish Alternative" - Gallery F-15 Moss, Norway

1970 "Swedish Alternative" Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Sweden
1968 "Black and white" - Drawing exhibition arranged by S.A.K. Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1966 Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris, France


Selected Public Collections

The portrait collection of Gripsholm castle, Sweden
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden
Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Sweden
The National Swedish Museum of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

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