featured artists: Kent Karlsson

Swedish, B. 1945
Kent Karlsson is sometimes inspired by dreams, sometimes by the written word and often hiding interpretations of 
current events and issues deeply within the fabric of his works. Karlsson is an artist who takes the viewer on what 
can become both an illuminating exploration of the world around us but also perhaps on a more introspective voyage.    
 
Karlsson comments: “Somewhere there’s a reason why what I’ve done has come into being and looks as it does. 
To see or partake of it must precede the crooked road towards understanding”
    
Education:
 
1975 - 1980            Valand School of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1978 - 1979            Mejan School of Art, Stockholm, Sweden
1964 - 1969            Konstindustriskolan, Gothenburg, Sweden
 
Selected Academic Appointments:
 
1991 - 1997            Professor of Painting at Valand, Gothenburg, Sweden
1995 - 1996            Visiting Professor at Tokai University, Japan
 
Selected Awards:
 
2011                       Bestsellers Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, Århus, Denmark
2002                       Sten A Olssons kulturstipendium, Gothenburg
2002                       Sällskapet Gnistan, konstnärsstipendium
1997                       Konstnärsnämndens 10-åriga arbetsstipendium
1987                       Beckers konstnärsstipendium
  
Publications (excluding exhibition catalogues):
 
2010                       Such, Robert, ”Doubts and Hopes; A conversation with Kent Karlsson”, Sculpture Magazine,
                               vol 29, no 6, pp50-54
2004                       Caidahl, Lo, ”Kent Karlsson”, Konstnärer i samtal, ISBN 91-631-4934-6
2001                       Castenfors, Mårten, ”Kent Karlsson”, Sveriges Konst 1900-talet, del 3, 1970 – 2000,
                             Sveriges allmänna Konstförening, ISBN 91-973494-3-7
2000                       Edwards, Folke, ”Kent Karlsson”, Från modernism till postmodernism, ISBN 91-87896-43-5
1997                       Runefelt, Eva, ”Kent Karlsson”, Res Publica 38, nr 4
1994                       Göran Hägg, Kent Karlsson, Mats Nilsson, ”Explorer”, Liljevalchs konsthall
                             Castenfors, Mårten, ”Ett uttryck söker sin mening: om Kent Karlssons objekt”, Artes nr 3, s.65-73

Public Collections & Commissions (Sweden):
 
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Fredrik Roos Nordiska samling (dispersed by Auktionsverket, Stockholm, 2006)
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg
Borås Konstmuseum
Örebro Läns Museum
Sörmlands Museum
 
Selected Public Commissions:
 
2011                       "Fabler i badet”, Sundsta Swimmingpool, Karlstad
                              ”Signaler”, Annedal, Bromma
2010                      "Spel”, Barchmanns plats, Eriksberg, Gothenburg
2009                       ”Mörker, väx morgondag”, Bastionspl, Jewish Society of Gothenburg         
                              ”EKG för Kråkor och Sångfåglar”, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg
2007                       "Hemligheten”, Eskilstuna Museum of Art, Eskilstuna
                              ”Bua framtid”, The port, Bua
2006                       "Babuscka, Baby & Buddha”, Christian Berner Ltd, Mölnlycke
                             ”Maluma & Takete”, Volvo AB, Gothenburg
                             ”Dubbelgångare”, Bergs slussar, Linköping
2004                       ”Tempel för tvivel och hopp”, Lindholmen, Gothenburg 
                              Absit omen, Kvarntorp, Kumla
2002                       Månsten & Droppe, Umeå Universitet, Umeå
2001                       Nefertiti här och nu, Thorildsplans Gymnasium, Stockholm
2000                       Silverarken, Kongsberg, Norway
1998                       Hägring, Vännäs
1997                       En blå linje och ett hårstrå från prinsessan Tuvstarr, Högskolan, Jönköping
1994                       Nu  Här, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg

Selected Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibitions (Sweden unless specified):

2013                       Förluster, Konsthallen, Trollhättan
2012                       HIT, Orion Contemporary at The Swedish Ambassadors Residence, London, UK
2012                       Galleri Argo, Stockholm (PRINTS)
2012                       Katrineholms Konsthall, Katrineholm
                             Vänersborgs Konsthall, Vänersborg
2010                       Malmöns Konstgård, Bohus-Malmön
2009                       Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
                             Konstepidemin, Gothenburg
                             Konsthallen, Trollhättan
2008                       Passagen, Linköping
                             Brunswiker Pavillon, Kiel, Germany
2007                       Eskilstuna Konstmuseum, Eskilstuna
2006                       Hanaholmen, Esbo, Finland
                             Konsthallen Hamnmagasinet, Varberg
2005                       Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje
                             Galleri 21, Malmö
2004                       Wågermanska Konsthallen, Skärhamn
                             Galleri Argo, Stockholm
2003                       Galleri Argo, Stockholm
                             Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg
                             Gallery Craft Space, Tokyo, Japan
                             Gallery Yamanote, Sapporo, Japan
2002                       Galleri Projekt, Köpenhamn, Denmark
                             Södertälje Konsthall, Södertälje
                             Örebro Konsthall, Örebro
2001                       Galleri Argo, Stockholm
                             Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg
2000                       Galleri Udengaard, Malmö
1999                       Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå
1998                       2nd Space Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1997                       Galleri Projekt, Köpenhamn, Denmark
                              Kunstraum, Berlin, Germany
1996                       Inax showroom, Sapporo, Japan
1995                       Tokai University Gallery, Asahikawa, Japan
1994                       Pannrummet, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg
1992                       Galleri Fabriken, Gothenburg
1991                       Buskerud Kunstnersentret, Drammen, Norge
1990                       Galleri Argo, Stockholm
 
Group shows (Sweden unless specified):
 
2013                       An Exhibition Celebrating the art of Print Making, Orion Contemporary, St James's, London, UK
2012                       Under stor press, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg
                             Konst är dyrbarare än korv, Kulturhuset Komedianten, Varberg
2011                       Grafikbiennal 5 + 5, Örnsköldsvik
                             Skulptur i Pilane, Tjörn
                             Sculpture by the sea, Århus, Denmark
                             Konst i teknikens tecken, Villa Aster, Genevad
2010                       Borås Internationella Skulpturfestival, Borås
2009                       Pulse Art Fair, Miami, USA
                             Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
                             Malmöns Konstgård, Bohus-Malmön
                             Örebro Open Art, Örebro
2008                       Bridge Art Fair, Miami, USA
                             Örebro Open Art, Örebro
                             Borås Internationella Skulpturfestival, Borås
2007                       ”Dance of Visions”, The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
2006                       Solliden skulpturutställning, Sollidens slott, Öland
2005                       Skulpturer på kajen Norra Älvstranden Gothenburg
2004                       Mars, Venus & Hembränt, Gothenburgs Konstförening, Gothenburg
                             Skandinavisk grafik, Galleri Udengaad, Århus, Denmark
2003                       Asia Print Adventure, MOMA, Sapporo, Japan
                             Den Gyldne, Charlottenborg, Köpenhamn, Denmark
                             Moderna Museet C/O Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
2002                       Klosterstrasse, Berlin, Germany
2001                       Nordisk rörelse.dk, Århus, Denmark
2001                       Den Gyldne, Charlottenborg, Köpenhamn, Denmark
2001                       Between Soot and Snow, EU Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2000                       Sölv och Hightech, Kongsberg, Norway
1999                       Skandinavisk Installationskonst, Mossede Fort, Köpenhamn, Denmark
1998                       Kirchen ausstellung, Luchen, Germany
1995                       Skulptur från granit till gelé, Gothenburg
1994                       Explorer, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm
1992                       Tiden, Gothenburgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg
1990                       Spegling, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
 

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