Olle Kåks 1941-2003 «

Olle Kåks

"Many artists have an enviable talent for expressing and explaining their art in words. Now when I am asked to clarify my relationship to my own work, my painting, I feel it is an obvious paradox - because painting is an alternative way of conveying a message to someone else - a wordless expression, but with the same demands that you have on the written or spoken word: syntax, articulation, precision or clearness, accent, musicality etc. Colours and shades can for example be synonymous to accentuation and modulation in the spoken language. When you start talking about the reason or the underlying motive for a painting, I often find this difficult: I rarely find a specific reason why this particular painting became the painting you see before you with its own unique expression and appearance. Perhaps it depends on my need to surprise myself. Repetition or habit creates the virtuoso, but boredom might linger inside.

Anyway, important digressions or more or less useless talk do exist on canvasses - probably also on mine.

I try to paint at the best of my ability, under existing circumstances, the architecture of the studio, the light, the present life situation and the experience and knowledge I have acquired so far.

That is the explanation why my paintings look the way they do."

Olle Kåks


1941 Born in Hedemora, Sweden. Used to live in Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Leksands Art Museum
2008 Ebelingmuseet Måleri och grafik, Torshälla
2007 Galleri Astley

Olle Nymans ateljé i Saltsjö Duvnäs, Nacka
Läs Susanna Slöörs text till utställningen, omkonst.se

2003 Simrishamn Gösta Werner museet

The Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm

1997 Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
1994 Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
1989 Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
1985 Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden
1982 Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1978 Konsthalle, Basel


Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden


Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden Galerie Burén, Sweden

1975 Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
1974 Norrköpings Museum of Art, Sweden
Gothenburg Art Hall, Sweden
1972 Galerie Burén, Sweden
1969 Galerie Burén, Sweden
1966 Galerie Aronowitsch, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions
1992 "The Contemporary Art in Sweden" "Il paesaggio Culturale" Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy
1991-1992 8 Contemporary Art Museums, Japan
1988 "Bilder für der Himmel", Osaka, Japan 1988, world tour
ROSC 1988 Dublin, Ireland
1987 SEIBU Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
1986 NORDANAD, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Malmö Art Hall, Sweden
Galleri F15, Moss, Norway
1985 "Exhibition-Dialogue-on Contemporary Art in Europé", Fundacão Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisabonne, Portugal
1984 "Buscando el Norte", Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain
1983 ARS 83, Ateneum, Helsinki, Finland
"Art contre Apartheid" Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris, France
1982 "Sleeping Beauty-Art Now", Scandinavia Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.
1976 "International Events 72-76´", Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1973 "New Swedish Art", Amos Andersonin Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Finland
"Images du Nord", Dakar, Senegal

"Alternative Suédois", Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Galleri F15, Moss och Bergen Billedgalleri, Bergen, Norway

1970 "Swedish alternatives", Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, Sweden
1969 "Op losseschroeven" (Situaties en cryptostructuren), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlandes
"Six Swedish Artists", Camden Art Centre, London, UK
1967 "Biennale", Paris, France
"17 unga", The Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

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