Thursday, January 14, 2016

Make for thyself another Kingdom

A new piece worthy of display, made in the strange autumn of 2015.

'Make for thyself another Kingdom' - Acrylics on Canvas - 92x73 cm - Niklas J Brandow


'Mountainspark I' - Acrylics on wood panel - 60 x 150 cm - N Brandow

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chaos which we can handle

Chaos which we can handle we call order... or is it the other way around?
This is a new piece. Of course there is harmony.

'Floods Return' - Acrylics on Canvas - 65 x 54 cm - Niklas J Brandow

Friday, May 8, 2015

Sacrificing paint


No, I'm not giving up painting, as the title of this blogpost might suggest. Rather, I'm spending more time with it again. Having made a lot of digital illustration lately I'm pleased to be pushing physical paint about again.

So, this is the first of a few new paintings which I'm sincerely happy about. There is something in this one that I've been waiting for. I can't put it into words, but it has to do with how the gaze is moved around by the forms and colours; How I can't find real rest in there, and yet is captured enough to keep looking. In short; I find this painting interesting to behold. It challenges me, while keeping me sufficiently entertained. There is a balance in the mess which stimulating to watch. Don't ask me why.

'Sacrificing Paint' - Acrylics on Canvas - 65 x 54 cm - Niklas J Brandow

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A more rewarding perspective on Life (Livet - ett fruktsammare perspektiv)

About 12 years ago, something silent but transformative happened to me as I walked across a busy square in Gothenburg city. It immediately changed my outlook on life, and clarified so many things for me. I can't really describe what happened, but I have made a few attempts at describing how my perspective on life looks from that moment. This is probably the best one:

The book - Livet: Ett fuktsammare perspektiv - is in Swedish, and I received it from the printer's today. The text itself was written in 2009 but has remained in digital form until I was given a grant from Stiftelsen Mäster Eckehart-sällskapet, to print the thing. It is a 112 pages philosophical book with a spiritual tone, written in an accessible language which should agree with the rational spirit of our time.

If you're interested in a copy you can order it from Bokus, or you can write me an email with your name and address. If you live in Sweden you will then (shortly) receive a book and an invoice in the mail. The price is 130 SEK including shipping. If you live elsewhere I will send you an invoice with a corresponding price in US dollars, but add a sum for the shipping.

The first 19 pages of the book can be previewed HERE

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Journey of Color

'Play of the Fields' - Acrylics on board (Ikea table tops) - 186 x 90 cm - Niklas J Brandow

On display at Värrmlands Museum (Karlstad, Sweden) October 4 - November 2, as part of 'Höstsalongen' (Autumn Salon)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Doors and Fates

Every stroke of the brush influence the outcome of the rest. Someone producing an exhibition sees your paintings and wants you to join the show. Someone arranges an art camp, and new motions are energized. I tend to look upon art as the natural expression of human beings. Trees, receiving the impressions of sunlight and water, express leaves. We are thrown into life and express art. We have always done so. It is our foot prints as a species. It is all very beautiful and simple, like most things are, if we dare let them be.

Art opens doorways to new impressions. Just like leaves can nourish animals of many kinds, art can nourish us. It becomes part of the great wheel, producing new dreams, and crushing others. This is a new piece of mine. I call it Doors and Fates. I see many beautiful paths, but the body is limited to one at a time.  

'Doors and Fates' - Acrylics on Canvas - 81 x 64 cm - Niklas J Brandow