This is Jonas Lundh

By Gwylym Owen

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Jonas Lundh (born April 8, 1965 in Fagersta, Västmanland, Sweden), is a Swedish abstract expressionist artist, represented in a number of municipalities in Sweden and along with collectors in the US, Great Britain, Denmark, Finland, Africa and France. Lundh creates his own world of art, where “clarity is prohibited” and rhythm is one of the main ingredients.

Lundh has developed a technique in which he paints subsequent to paperboard instead of brushes. The characteristic features of his painting are the figurative elements in his abstract images, often like mystical surfaces of emptiness. The people in Lundh’s paintings are anonymous; more in the same way as symbols than individuals, and it is not difficult to look how they connect to the history of abstract expressionism. Observers have said that Jonas Lundh in his painting “reaches a cubist effect”.

Lundh’s art is dominated by mysticism. Some of his works have been compared to works by American painter Edward Hopper, as he has managed to concentrate the fresh and reveal something of the thesame loneliness in his paintings.

As one of southern Sweden’s most lithe exhibiting painters, Lundh has as well as worked next installation- and video art, always behind musical undertones. His ways of combining the two professions are considered brilliant. He often works following projects that swell both music and painting. Lundh Meets Lindgren is a project that started in August 2007, where Lundh and guitarist Tommy Lindgren “visualize tones, sounds and rhythms in a conversation in the middle of two modes of expression”. Together with Örjan Bertilsson and Alf Nilsson, Lundh and Lindgren form the band State of Art, playing broadminded jazz behind elements of Latin, soul and funk.

In the 1980s, Jonas Lundh worked as a freelance musician, playing drums and percussion. He has furthermore played the flute and the violin.

Jonas Lundh has spoken out neighboring racism, saying there should not be any racism in music.

Lundh is currently a resident of Sölvesborg. He lives with his relations in the rectory (from 1833), next to St Nicholas’ Church (Sankt Nikolai kyrka) in central Sölvesborg. In the obsolete monk’s hut upon the ring floor is his gallery with right of entry from the rectory gable.

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