artist: Kaj Siesjö (Swedish 1920-1985)
medium: oil on panel
dimensions: 47 x 56 1/2 cm framed size (approx)
signed and dated 66
presented in a new painted off white timber frame
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Kaj Sigurd Siesjö was a Swedish visual artist, born January 27, 1920 in Gothenburg.
Siesjö first worked as a furniture maker before moving on to fine arts. He studied at the Skånska painting school in Malmö 1943–1945 and at Wadsjærs painting school in Copenhagen 1946–1946 and at Otte Skölds painting school in Stockholm 1946–1947 and during a number of study trips to France and Spain. His early work was naturalistic, but after visiting Paris in 1949 he came into contact with the Modern art streams that had a profound influence on him. His work shifted to abstract forms and semi-figurative work, with a strong cubist influence.
Together with Bengt Orup and Torsten Hult he formed the artist group Grupp III who conducted joint exhibitions and published their own graphics folders. He was a student and aide to Pär Siegård painting the choir frescoes in the Gustav Adolf church in Borås and Emitslöv church and Norra Sandby church 1950-1953. He painted frescoes in Perstorp's new elementary school, Oderljunga church, parish house in Örkelljunga. Siesjö had solo exhibitions in Kristianstad, Lund, Växjö and Limhamn. Together with Bertil Landelius he exhibited in Karlskrona and Borås and with Gustav Arne and Torsten Hult in Höganäs and with Grupp III. Since the mid-1940s, he participated almost annually in the exhibitions Kulla-konst in Höganäs and the Helsingborg Art Association's exhibitions at the Vikingsberg Art Museum. He also showed in exhibitions organised by the art associations in Ängelholm, Hässleholm and Landskrona.
Examples of Siesjö’s work are represented at the Helsingborg Museum and the Archive for Decorative Art in Lund.
Siesjö passed away on April 2, 1985 in Perstorp, aged 65.