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Johan Wahlstrom

Johan Wahlstrom

Johan´s artwork leans into the realm of expressionism, abstract expressionism and outsider art
Johan Wahlstom is one of today's brightest artists who is making a conscious effort to describe
the social political landscape of our contemporary world. The work is relevant on many levels.
His use of political iconography and brash painting style brings to the fore a raw juxtaposition of
issues facing everyday life. The use of corporate media?s images and information gathered from
various news outlets are the underpinnings of his compositions. A narrative emerges that is a time
capsule of our society today. A sharp critique of fascism and authoritarianism is a reoccurring
theme throughout. In his current series, "House of Lies" Wahlstrom depicts a world full of
deception, ignorance and chaos. In some of his monochromatic paintings streaks of black tears
connect distorted faces, creating a chorus of potentially suffering voices in a singular
composition.
The titles of the work may be ironic at times but the painting's narratives strike a true emotional
chord with the politically engaged viewer.
Lara Pan, Curator, New York, March 2016

Biography
Johan Wahlstrom was born in 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a fifth-generation artist on his
mother?s side. Though art was in his blood, his first creative direction was rock and roll, where he
had a successful and long career as a keyboardist and singer, touring with Ian Hunter, Graham
Parker, Mick Ronson and many Scandinavian artists. After 18 years, the rock and roll life caught
up with him. Wahlstrom moved to a small village in France where he did nothing but paint for
seven years, part of that time under the tutelage of Swedish artist, Lennart Nystrom. Wahlstrom?s
dark narrative paintings of heads and torsos in acrylic and ink are inspired by cryptic, often ironic
social critiques that he collects on scraps of paper in his studio.
Wahlstrom?s graphic, neoexpressionist style is inspired by Jean DuBuffet, Paul Klee, Jackson
Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Since 1999, Wahlstrom?s work has been displayed in galleries
across Europe and the US.
Selected Publications:
Forbes Magazine, USA
Konstvarlden, Sweden
Walls Street International Magazine, USA
Art Fuse, USA
Art Voices, USA
Miami Times, USA
Bedford & Bowery, USA
Selected Collections
David Brolliet Collection, Switzerland
Eileen S Kaminsky Family Foundation, USA
Mana Contemporary Collection, USA
Fondazione Opera Campanda dei Caduti, Italy
Spazio-Tempo Collection, Italy
Bell Of Peace Foundation, Italy
Mattias Jonsson Family Collection, Marbella, Spain
Liza Marklund Family Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Johan Wahlstrom
Distorted Feelings
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Distorted Mind
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Distorted Spectators
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Melting Pot
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Time To Exit
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Lost Territory
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Distorted Sight
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Distorted State Of Mind
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Disintegration
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