artist: Bertil Öhlund (Swedish 1923-2003)
medium: oil on board
dimensions: 61 x 48 cm frame size (approx)
signed and dated -59
presented in its original frame with freshly painted inner liner
AU $995 (approx US $680 / 625 EUROS / 95,000 yen / 535 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Bertil Alexander Öhlund was born November 17, 1923 in Solna. He was a Swedish artist and print maker.
Öhlund studied at Otte Sköld's målarskola (painting school) in 1949 and again in 1959. He studied at the Konsthögskolan (Royal Academy of Arts) in Stockholm 1950-1955. In 1951, spent time in Paris studying at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and at André Lhote's painting school. Beginning in 1949 he spent extended periods almost annually outside Sweden living abroad for periods in Paris, the South of France, Rome, Florence, Greece and Bulgaria.
Alongside Staffan Nihlén, his debut exhibition was held at Kristianstad's Museum in 1952. He had solo exhibitions at Galerie Creuze in Paris in 1957 and 1961, at the Museum in Liège in 1958, and he subsequently has solo exhibitions several Swedish museums. He had two and three person shows including ones with his wife Yvonne Antoniou-Öhlund in Örebro in 1960, with Sven-Erik Pug Karlsson and Allan Andersson at Färg och Form in Stockholm in 1963, and with Lasse Holmqvistat at Galerie Bleu in 1966. He regularly showed in group exhibitions. Select shows include Sveriges allmänna konstförenings (Sweden's general art association) salons in Stockholm in 1952, 1954, 1956 and 1957, the Stockholm salons in Liljevalchs konsthall in 1959, 1962 and 1963, at Galerie Creuze between 1957 and 1962, and as part of the International Hallmark Art Award, a travelling exhibition which visited 36 museums and galleries throughout the United States of America between 1960 and 1962. Among his public works, a wall mural at Förvaltargården in Solna and a decorative painting on the passenger ship the m/s Gripsholm.
Öhlund painted abstract works in oil often featuring landscape or architectural features. He also produced print editions.
Examples of his work are held in numerous public collections including the National Museum in Stockholm, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Örebro County Museum, the Hallmark Art Award Museum in New York, and the Chamber of Deputies in Brussels.
Öhlund passed away in 2003 in Brussels.