Dan Wirén

Dan Wirén, artist
Dan Wirén © Photo: Christina Wallnér, No WaIT AB

Extract of Kristina Mezei on Dan Wirén

“Also included in the secrets of the working process are the print itself, together with the transformations that occur while working on the plate and etching it in the acid, and the seconds when the printed paper is lifted from the press bed. Only then it is revealed whether the artist has succeeded in capturing, retaining or ignoring the possibilities of both chance and conscious control.

Dan Wirén’s images have a fresh directness that is characteristic of calligraphy. The lightness of hand smoothly follows the spontaneous motion of the gesture. We are reminded of the automatic drawings of the surrealists, and the abstract expressionists’ formulations of both flow and frustration, primarily the former.

The silhouette-like shapes can be filled with diverse contents. Sojourns in nature, quiet moments and observations full of reflection with a sketchbook in one’s lap are important – not for a world of form where likeness dominates, but rather one where precision allows space for multiplicity and alternatives at the same time.”

Kristina Mezei
PhD in Art Sciences
May 2009


1974-1976 Gerlesborgskolan, Sweden
1977-1982 Kungl. Konsthögskolan (The Royal Institute of Art) Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden

“Vehicles and Vessels”, Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

Dan Wirén – Konstakademien – The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden (presentation in Swedish)

”When Riddle meets Fable”, Black Sesame Space, Beijing, China
”Touchpoints”, APA Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

A+Café, Caochangdi, Beijing, China

Konstlitografiska museet, Tidaholm, Sweden
Galleri Monica Strandberg, Kalmar, Sweden

APA Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

KAZ Galleri, Västerås, Sweden
Vetlanda Museum, Sweden

Enköpings konsthall (presentation in Swedish), Sweden
Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, Sweden
Ahlbergshallen Östersund, Sweden

Galleri PS Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden
Västervik´s Art Association, Sweden

Hallsberg´s Art Association, Sweden
Västbergslagen´s Art Association, Ludvika, Sweden
Konstforum Norrköping, Sweden
KAZ galleri Västerås, Sweden

Konstnärshuset´s Graphics Group, Stockholm, Sweden

Örebro Konsthall, Sweden

Konstakademien, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The East Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Gerlesborgskolan´s Gallery, Hamburgsund, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions

Bergdala Konstgalleri, Växjö, Sweden – Exhibition together with Gunilla Poignant and Arne Gustafsson

Swedish Graphics of Today, Jakobsbergs konsthall, Sweden

Grafikgalleriet/Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Konstgalleriet Hälleforsnäs, Sweden

Print Triennal, Konstakademien (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts), The Swedish Printmakers’ Association 100 years, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Public Collections

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
The British Museum, UK
National Public Art Council, Sweden
Stockholm City Collection, Sweden
Borås konstmuseum, Sweden
Västerås konstmuseum, Sweden
Göteborgs konstmuseum, Sweden


Folke Hellström – Lind´s Grant, 2008
Helge Ax:son Johnsons travel grant (Iran), 2004
Konstnärsnämndens working grant (2 years), 2003
Längmanska Fund, 1998
Einar Forseth´s Grant, 1996
Konstakademien (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts) 1994
Konstnärsnämnden´s working grant (1 year), 1992
Västerås City´s Grant, 1986
AnnMari Dahlqvist-Ljungberg´s Grant, 1983
Gerard Bonnier´s Grant, 1981

Selected Public Commissions

“Collector”, glass parties in Danderyd´s Hospital Stockholm, Sweden

Wall murals at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm) on behalf of the National Public Art Council, Sweden


Installation at Fridhemsplan’s subway station, Stockholm, 2013-2014 – pictures of copies of eighty Dan Wirén’s paintings (In Swedish)

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