artist: Nils Öst (Swedish 1908-1982)
medium: oil on canvas
dimensions: 49 x 59 cm
presented in it's original frame
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Nils Öst was a Swedish artist born on June 18, 1908 in Folkärna parish, Dalarna.
Öst grew up in an artistic environment - his father being art dealer Karl Herman Öst. The young Nils initially trained as a blacksmith from 1922 to 1926 and then studied art under Edward Berggren and at Otte Sköld's (Otte Skölds målarskola) in Stockholm. He furthered his study with trips abroad to France attending the Académie Colarossi and Othon Friesz. He then travelled to Spain and North Africa where he conducted self-study painting trips.
He had solo exhibitions including at Modern konst i hemmiljö (Modern art in the home environment) in Stockholm 1941, De Ungas (The Young Ones) salon in Stockholm 1947, Menton in 1948, Laholm in 1961 and Norberg in 1962. He had a number split shows including one in 1960 with Janne Dahl and Bertil Gatu at Ludvika, and one with Matsola Burman at Ostermans in Stockholm in 1966. In addition to exhibitions at De Ungas saloon in Stockholm, he participated in numerous group exhibitions in Fagersta and Ludvika. Nils Öst spent time with renowned photographer Lennart Nilsson, who often visited Västansjö. They both used to travel together with the North Pole being one of their more exotic travel destinations.
Among his public works are fresco paintings at Fagersta mill and at the municipal building in Grangärde, and paintings in the Court House in Norberg. Öst is best known for his portraits and landscapes from his hometown of Dalarna and Norway painted oil. Examples of his work are in public collections at the Västerås Museum and the Turku Art Museum.
Öst passed away aged 74 on December 31, 1982 in Grangärde.