Have you noticed that Scandinavian art is everywhere in Britain at the moment? There’s the BBC’s ‘Northern Lights’ series on radio, ‘Scandi noir’ crime novels sell millions and detectives such as Wallander and the autistic Saga have a huge following.
Entering the lists now is Brita Granström, a Swede living in Northumberland whose exhibition ‘Love Letters’, runs concurrently at three venues across the north east including St Mary’s Inn, Jesmond Dene House and Gallagher & Turner, from the 13 February to 14 April 2016.
There are indeed paintings of letters in this collection but that titles signifies a broader love of the world rather than simply romantic exchanges. Whether her subject is of people, landscape, the domestic, a collection of moulded glass bowls or a bowl of flowers in front of a window, the underlying purpose is always the same: the energy of nature finds its equivalence in sweeps and scribbles of paint, shapes and colours which together encompass a myriad of expressions.
Brita Granström divides her time between Britain and Sweden, and her career between illustration and painting. Born in Sweden in 1969, Brita Granström studied at Orebro Art School from 1988 – 89 and then from 1989 – 92 at Stockholm’s University College of Art & Design. She moved to England in 1993, but spends the summer months in Sweden with her partner Mick Manning, the author and illustrator with whom she has collaborated on many award-winning illustrated children’s books, and their four sons.
An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy Brita Granström’s fresh, direct and exuberant paintings provide visual delights in abundance.
Love Letters (top), acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50cm, £850
Lindisfarne Shipwreck (left), acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30cm, SOLD
The Birthday Cake (right), acrylic on canvas, 70 x 70cm, £1,200
© Brita Granström
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