September 20, 2006

Gunnel Wåhlstrand


September 28 – December 17, 2006

Curator: David Neuman

Gunnel Wåhlstrand bases her work on her family’s photo album. Time-consuming, large-scale, and with great precision, she paints from photographs of her father’s early childhood. The photographs show the west coast of Sweden, interiors from the 1950s, a garden outside a house, often with posing family members. With ink and water she paints on paper measuring more than 200 x 150 cm. She herself has compared her method with the photographic development process, saying that her work is “a way of further enhancing memory…”

In her final exhibition at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm in 2003, Gunnel Wåhlstrand presented six paintings that she had been working on daily for two years. David Neuman, director of Magasin 3, describes the encounter as “… one of those incredible experiences that you don’t have that many times in life. A student thesis exhibition that outshone most of what I’ve seen over the past 20 years…” Three of these paintings are in the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall collection, and are featured in the exhibition alongside a work from 2004, Långedrag.

Audio guide:

Hear Gunnel Wåhlstrand talk about her process – her paintings and their relationship to photography – in an audio guide produced for the exhibition. The audio guide is also available for download on

About the artist:

Gunnel Wåhlstrand has been widely acknowledged for her paintings. She has been awarded grants by the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation and the Anna Lisa Thomsson Foundation (2003 and 2004). She was represented at The Armory Show in New York (2004), and the Spring Exhibition at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (2001 and 2002). She is currently working on a series of paintings extending her work based on photographic images.

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