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Kjell Strandqvist

There are two sides to the work of Kjell Strandqvist, one is strict and controlled which is shown in his paintings. The other side which is more flexible and uncontrolled is expressed in his drawings.

He has got a simple and unsentimental attitude to art, a simplicity that does not rule out complexity.

Kjell Strandqvist's paintings often combine the definite with the indefinite and he likes to use a structure or a distinct simple form as a vehicle for colourful events. His colours have a close, imaginary relation which is sometimes easier to feel than see. His drawings have the same characteristics, they are bearers of obvious ambiguities.

Kjell Strandqvist is very verbal and expresses his views in a very straightforward way. He used to be a professor of drawing at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm between 1986 and 1996 and had a lot of influence on the development of teaching at this institution.


1986-1996 Professor of drawing at The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1975-1984 Teacher of painting and drawing at the Art School of Idun Lovén.
1964-1969 Studied at The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1963-1964 Studied at the Art School of Idun Lovén

Selected Commissions
1998-2006 Project Manager - The National Public Art Council, Stockholm
1990 Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
1984-1986 The chairman of NUNSKU; The Committee for Contemporary Swedish Art Abroad.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007 Galleri Mariann Ahnlund, Umeå, Sweden, from October 27 until November 21
Tommarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge, Sweden
2005 Uddevalla Art Hall, Sweden
2004 Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden
View pictures from the exhibition at Konstakademien, Stockholm
2003 Drawings at Thielska galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
Here you can view pictures from this exhibition - Please note that this presentation is only available in Swedish.
2001 Galleri Mariann Ahnlund, Umeå, Sweden
1999 Galleri i8, Iceland
1997, 1994, 1992, 1985, 1983, 1970, 1968 Galerie Aronwitsch, Stockholm, Sweden
1988 Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
1987 Åland´s Museum of Art, Maarianhamina, Finland
1984 Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

2003 "Insert", Leverkusen, Germany
1990 13 Contemporaries Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden
1981 Konstnärsbolaget, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

Public Commissions

1994 Painting (stucco) Ministry of Education.
1990 Floor decoration, terrazzo, Arlanda Domestic Airport.
Relief in aluminium, Arlanda Domestic Airport


The Artist of the Quarter - Enjoy Scandinavian Art

Kjell Strandqvist - The Artist of the Quarter September - November 2004

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