artist: Ivar Ekelund (Swedish 1908-2002)
medium: oil on board
dimensions: 43 1/2 x 30 cm frame size (approx)
presented in a new off white painted inner timber liner frame and hand finished outer timber frame
AU $880 (approx US $575 / 525 EUROS / 86,000 yen / 460 GBP - for exact current conversion visit xe.com)
Gustav Ivar Ekelund was born on October 10, 1908 in Stockholm. He was a Swedish painter and graphic artist.
He studied at Signe Barth's målarskola (painting school) from 1946 to 1947, then at Isaac Grünewald's målarskola in Stockholm 1948 and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1949. He pursued self-study stints overseas - Denmark in 1949, France and Spain from 1949 to 1951, and then later in Norway in 1975. He was awarded an Ester Lindahl scholarship in 1949 and 1950 and was awarded the Axel Johansson scholarship in 1955 and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts' Pension scholarship from 1977 until his death.
Ekelund has his debut in an exhibition at Galerie Moderne in Stockholm in 1948, followed by another solo exhibition later that year the same year in Östersund. He is best known for his stylised still life, landscapes and portraits in oil as well as woodcuts, non-figurative paintings and collages. His early works from the 1940s and 1950s were heavily focused on het working lives of people in Sweden. During the 1950s and 1960s he was exhibited widely around Sweden, and in Warsaw and Berlin. Together with fellow artist Walter Persson , Ekelund was the founder of of Hanöland (art tour in Hanöland), later ÖSKG (Östra Skånes Konstnärsgrupp). He opened Gallery Cimbria Simrishamn in 1969.
Ekelund is represented in a number of public collections in Sweden including the at the Moderna Museet, the Ystad Art Museum and Norrköping Art Museum.
He passed away in 2002 in Nacka.