John E Franzén – Artist of the Quarter winter 2021/2022

John E Franzén exhibited several paintings at Gävle Konstcentrum from November 13, 2021 until January 9, 2022.

Through his art, Franzén has attracted attention, debate and strong reactions and, above all, his art has pushed the boundaries of traditional motifs. There is a sense of emptiness and desolation in his work, where the human dream is opened to the projections and beliefs of the viewer. In recent years, his work focuses more on spirituality and existential values in a digital age.

John E Franzén 13 november 2021
John E Franzén at the opening ceremony on November 13, 2021.
The paintings Twilight and The Jesus Painting by John E Franzén
The paintings Twilight and The Jesus Painting by John E Franzén.

John Stene, the art curator for Gävle Konstcentrum, is telling us about the two paintings above.

“The two paintings are fateful and empty of people. The only trace of human presence is the cars on the highway. The perspective is from above directed down towards the central and older parts of Los Angeles. The paintings are hazy and a bit blurry, is it air pollution or is it a premonition? Central to the images is, in one, a burning sun and in the other a prominent figure of Christ. The shadow moving in front of the sun in Twilight – is it on its way away or is it on its way to take over the landscape? In The Jesus Painting we find no shadow. Is it chased away by the biblical symbolism literally engraved on the canvas? Is it a force measurement we encounter between these two works? Los Angeles, in literature and art many times a place for both ups and downs, may once again stand as a fund for the last battle. I think John-E Franzén knows the outcome very well, but he leaves us in admiration and delusion. Only we can decide how it should go.”

Jan Stene
John E Franzén´s exhibition at Gävle Konstcentrum 2021. The large painting The Last Ride in the foreground.
John E Franzén´s exhibition at Gävle Konstcentrum 2021. The large painting The Last Ride in the foreground.
Paintings by John E Franzén: The Visitor number 6, 3, 2, 1, 4 and the painting Gala on the right in the picture.
Paintings by John E Franzén: The Visitor # 6, 3, 2, 1, 4 and the painting Gala on the right in the picture.
Five paintings by John E Franzén
The paintings The Visitor # 6, 3, 2, 1 and 4 by John E Franzén.
The painting The Last Ride by John E Franzén.
The painting The Last Ride by John E Franzén. Work in progress.

When it comes to motorcycles, it has never been the mechanics or driving fast that has fascinated me. I am drawn to the aesthetics and what it radiates. What it is in the appearance that attracts so strongly I still think about.

John E Franzén

Close-ups of a selection of the artworks above

  • John E Franzén´s paintings Twilight and The Jesus Painting.
  • John E Franzén´s painting Twilight 2005-2010, oil on canvas 140x210 cm, private collection, Los Angeles in smog.
  • John E Franzén´s painting The Jesus Painting 2005-2010.
  • John E Franzén´s painting The Visitor #6, 2004-2012, 49x72 cm, a crucifix by a river in winter landscape.
  • John E Franzén's painting The Visitor #3, 2004-2012. A car in floods.
  • A viewer of the painting The Visitor #2 by John E Franzén. Three men and a car in gold.
  • John E Franzén´s painting The Visitor #2, 2004-2012. Three men and a car.
  • John E Franzén´s painting The Visitor #1, 2004-2012, 49x72 cm, oil on canvas. A car on fire.
  • John E Franzén´s painting The Visitor #4, 2004-2012, 49x72 cm, an angel in winter landscape.
  • John E Franzén´s painting Gala 1962.
  • Three works of art by John E Franzén - Texas Rose 1964, Bikes and people 1967 and Self-portrait 1973-1974.
  • John E Franzé s Bikes and People 1967, 47x91 cm - gouache, collage, pencil - private collection.
  • Self-portrait by John E Franzén, 1973-1974, 44x35 cm, watercolour.
  • Four works of art by John E Franzén.
  • John E Franzén´s Lithograph Ride 1982 - a woman and a man on a motorcycle.
  • John E Franzén´s painting Viridian, 1990, 50x60 cm, collage, gouache, watercolor - a motorcycle in green.
  • John E Franzén´s lithograph 1990 (1966-1969).
  • Four artworks by John E Franzén.
  • John E Franzén´s painting Schoppenhauer, (Sketch Passing By Series) 2005-2008, 38x51 cm, oil on canvas.
  • John E Franzén´s painting - a house, containers and a palm tree, Anaheim.
  • The Royal Family of Sweden, 2021 (1984) - Pigment print by John E Franzén.

© John E Franzén


Gävle konstcentrum

Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden

For further information about the exhibition Ride, please contact Art Curator Jan Stene.

The texts above are quotes taken from Gävle Konstcentrum´s exhibition folder.


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