Swedish artist, Johan Wahlstrom is to present his latest exhibition in the ES Art Gallery in San Pedro de Alcántara this month. Under the title of Hidden Figures, the exhibition includes works that channel nature to symbolise the artist's inner emotional state. The 'hidden figures' communicate emotion through visual elements, shifting the rapport between the artist and his anonymous subject.
The new paintings contain patterns which differ from his previous works, although they continue to evoke a northern cultural heritage. Conveying the complexities and distortion inherent to cultural and temporal experience, Wahlstrom believes that this work has been unconsciously sourced from ancient legends. His dark narrative paintings of heads and torsos are inspired by ironic social critiques.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Johan Wahlstrom is a fifth-generation artist. However, even though art was in his blood, his first creative direction was music. As a keyboard player he enjoyed a career that spanned more than 20 years, during which he toured with celebrated artists such as Ian Hunter, Graham Parker and Mick Ronson. He eventually tired of the rock and roll lifestyle and moved to a small village in France, where he immediately started painting with a new sense of sincerity and focus.
The exhibition, which is free, can be viewed from Friday 11 May until Wednesday 6 June between 7pm and 10pm.