Oskar Nilsson’s work is rooted in a romantic, expressive tradition, from van Gogh to Nordic folk-tales to teenage punks of today. It’s a world of (pseudo) alchemical rituals where Kate Winslet is placed on the altar and the air echoes with Ingmar Bergman’s voice. It is painting that takes a tour through subterranean landscapes of desire and lust.
The teenage boy’s room with its stains and messy order is replicated on the canvases; a taste for the seedy and moodier aspects of life is presented to the viewer, albeit with a large dose of dark humor. The Nordic melancholy of Strindberg and Munch is placed within a contemporary frame.
Oskar Nilsson, born in 1976, lives and works in Gothenburg. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.