Ann Edholm

The artist Ann Edholm, 2022.
Ann Edholm © Photo: No WaIT AB

“Ann Edholm is one of the most interesting and important artists in Swedish contemporary art at the moment. Above all she has become known as one of the leading painters in Sweden today because of her more or less pure “realistic abstractions” and her way to display visual elements in narrative sequences.

Born in 1953 Ann Edholm appeared for the first time before public in 1984 in Stockholm, one year before her first solo show and two years before her graduation at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm in 1986, where she also was appointed professor of painting in 1992. During the years she has participated in several exhibitions both in Sweden and abroad, e.g. in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and Romania.

In Swedish contemporary art critic Ann Edholm has been linked to the discussion about the concept of the sublime. The crucial feature here is the “muteness” of painting together with both the conceptual and visual connections to art history and – for example – American abstract expressionists like Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman. Other sources of inspiration have been the Renaissance painter Fra Angelico, the German medieval painter Matthias Grünewald, the German Romanticist Caspar David Friedrich and the German Symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin, all blended into a highly personal visual language of today.”


Born in Saltsjöbaden in 1953, lives and works in Lid, Nyköping, Sweden.

The Royal University College of Fine Arts,  Stockholm, Sweden.

Professor in painting, Stockholm, Göteborg, Umeå, Sweden.

Member of The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ann Edholm has been exhibiting with Galerie Nordenhake in Stockholm (Sweden) and Berlin (Germany) since 1994.

Selected Solo Exhibitions (2010-2024)

”TROTS ALLT / IN SPITE OF ALL”, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Trots Allt / In Spite of All – Galerie Nordenhake

Galerie Nordenhake, Monterrey 65, Roma Norte, Mexico city, Mexico

Ravinen Kulturhus, Båstad, Sweden

t0 – en ny era, Dunkers kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

Jerusalem – An Art Installation by Ann Edholm och Tom Sandqvist
Sörmlands museum, Nyköping, Sweden

Jerusalem, Kulturcentrum Ronneby Konsthall, Sweden
Ann Edholm and Tom Sandqvist

The Green of the Distant Meadows, Galerie Nordenhake Berlin
Ann Edholm, Dalslands konstmuseum
Jerusalem – an installation, the crypt of the cathedral of Lund, Sweden (together with Tom Sandqvist)

Jerusalem – an installation, the crypt of the cathedral of Lund, Sweden (together with Tom Sandqvist)
Ann Edholm, Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden
Gallery Hammarén, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden

Tungan på ordet/ Tongue On the Tip, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden
The Green of the Distant Meadows, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

TROTZ/KYSSEN, Focus, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Partitur för I oviss timme, Pumphuset Konsthall, Landskrona, Sweden

14 Performances – Tango d´amour II, Tulipá Kös Project, Sopron, Hungary

Trotz/Oswiecim, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

Den sjungande skogen, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Tomelilla Konsthall, Tomelilla, Sweden

Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Trotz, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
Trotz, Galleri Örsta, Kumla, Sweden (presentation in Swedish)

ECOSOC, The United Nations, New York”, USA, HV galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

Karlskrona Kunsthalle, Karlskrona, Sweden

”Var är himlen? Var? / Where is the sky? Where? ”, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Gallery Magnus Åklundh, Malmö, Sweden

Maria Stenfors Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions (2009-2022)

Norrköping Non-Figuration 2022, Sweden

ORTHODOX ABSTRACTION, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
Språkkamp och Helighet, Torsten Andersson/Ann Edholm/Sara Möller, Konsthallen Lokstallet, Strömstad, Sweden
Polyphony 5, Galleri Wallner, Simris, Sweden

Bad Moon Rising, Galleri Thomassen, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden
After Finitude, Curated by Elena Damiani, Nordenhake, Mexico
Form Shapes Language, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, USA
A Nowhere Girl from a Nowhere Land, Alma Löv Museum of Unexp Art, Östra Ämtervik, Sweden
Images of Sacredness, Svärta kyrka, Nyköping, Sweden
The Cut, Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden

Matters, Kunstverket Galleri, Oslo, Norway

Ann Edholm meets Hilma af Klint, Strandverket, Marstrand, Sweden (presentation in Swedish)

With the Back Facing the World, Gallery Magnus Karlsson, Hellevi Kännungs, Gotland, Sweden

Polyphony 3, Gallery Wallner, Simrishamn, Sweden

The Art of the Public Commission, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Gerlesborgskolan 70 years, Gerlesborgs Art Hall, Hamburgsund, Sweden
Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
International Shiryaevo Biennale, Samara, Russia

PAINTING PAINTING, 13 Artists Pay Tribute to Painting, Vargåkra gård, Hammenhög, Sweden
Folds at Gallery Rod Bianco, Oslo, Norway
Carnegie Art Award, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Finland

abc art berlin contemporary. About Painting, Berlin, Germany
Spår och tendenser. Tre centrala verk med samlingen, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden

Anatomy of the Landscape, Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, Sweden
Moderna utställningen 2010 (Moderna exhibition 2010), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Ann Edholm/Paul Osipow, Ateljé Larsen, Market, Stockholm, Sweden

All’s Well That Ends Well, Galleri Bo Swerden, Växjö, Sweden
The Facades Project, T.I.C.A.B, Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennale, Tirana, Albania

Permanent Installations

Trotz/Oswiecim, SEB Art Collection, Solna, Sweden

Vinden och valet, EPO, European Patent Office Munich, Germany
An-sicht, Hotel Gothia Towers, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden
Landsvägen 40 (Road 40), Swedbank, Sundbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Dialogos – ECOSO Chamber, United Nations, New York, USA

The Facades Project, T.I.C.A.B Tirana, Albania

The subway station Blåsut, Stockholm, Sweden

Sirenerna – The Sirens, the apartment complex Stettin, Stockholm, Sweden
Mickey Mouse Meets the Light, the Värnhem school, Malmö, Sweden

Transire,the court building, Helsingborg, Sweden

Tango d´amour, University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden


Stora Stipendiet (The grand grant), The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden, Stockholm, Sweden
Augusta, Oscar och Harry Höckert´s prize, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden

Prince Eugen Medal 2016, Sweden
Lennart Rodhe Grant, Sweden

Carnegie Art Award, second prize

Augusta, Oscar and Harry Höckert’s prize, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden

Simone de Dardel’s grant, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden

The Edstrand Foundation, Sweden

Printmaking Workshop, Bob Blackburn Director Fellowship, New York, USA

P.S.1, New York, USA

Baertling Prize, USA

Selected Public Collections 

Carl Hessler Collection
Carnegie Art Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania
EPO Art Collection, Munich, Germany
European Council, Brussel, Belgium
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden
Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Light, Pultusk, Poland
Nordiska Akvarell Museet, Tjörn, Sweden
Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden
Public Art Agency Sweden
Rasjö Collection Stockholm, Sweden
Skissernas museum, Lund, Sweden
Umeå kommun, Umeå, Sweden
Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden
Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden

The content of this biography is updated on behalf of the artist.