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Of Ice and Movement, 2010, oil on canvas, 180 x 240 cm

Pär Strömberg – Into the Starless Night
30th of January – 6th of March 2011

Swedish artist Pär Strömberg presents his new series of paintings in the solo exhibition Into the Starless Night in Galerie 37 Haarlem, The Netherlands

The paintings of Pär Strömberg show silent landscapes. The works refer to the dense Swedish nature, beautiful but deserted. Just like in nature, the light and darkness are important elements in the paintings. Strömberg paints snow, ice, forests and mountains in his –as he calls them – mindscapes, rich in colours in black, white and grey. 
The recent series Into the Starless Night  refer to the Three Wise Men in the Bible, guided by the star of Bethlehem. Strömberg flirts with the Scandinavian national Romantiscism and post-apocalyptic alienation. Inspiration, he finds in literature, (Jules Vernes, The Mysterious Island en Per Olov Enquist, Captain Nemo’s Library) film and music, for example in the work of the Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen.

Symbolics plays an important part in his work. Crows as an omen of death, floating between past, future and present. The moon as a guiding light in darkness. He refers to myths and paints them in a contemporary and specific style. The new works go beyond the ambiguous play of darkness and light. Strömberg follows and creates his own path into the starless night. 

Strömberg (Örebro, 1972) lives and works both in Amsterdam and Stockholm. In 1999 he finished the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He has had different solo and group shows in Sweden, The Netherlands and abroad. In 2002 he won the Wim Izak price and was nominated four times for the Koninklijke Schildersprijs. His work is represented in several art collections. At this moment he also teaches at the Örebro College of Art in Sweden. 

Pär Strömberg - Into the Starless Night
30 januari -  6 maart 2011

Galerie 37
Jedithja de Groot
Groot Heiligland 37 | 2011 EP | Haarlem | 00-31-(0)6-10142540 |
open: thursday – sunday 12 till 17 p.m.

Call of the Winter Moon, 2010, oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

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