Mamma Andersson

Mamma Andersson was born 1962 in Luleå, Sweden. She lives and works in Stockholm. 

Inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets, and period interiors, Andersson‘s compositions are often dreamlike and expressive. While stylistic references include turn-of-the-century Nordic figurative painting, folk art, and local or contemporary vernacular, her evocative use of pictorial space and her juxtapositions of thick paint and textured washes is uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Tick Tock' at Konsthallen, Luleå, Sweden (2013); ‘Dog Days', Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA (2010) and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2009). In 2007, she was the subject of a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, which travelled to the Kunsthalle Helsinki and the Camden Arts Centre, London.

Work by the artist has been included in a number of recent group exhibitions including; ‘Galerie de L'Epoque', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2015); ‘Har/Nu (Here/Now)', Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden (2014); ‘In Case We Don't Die', Torrance Art Museum, California, USA (2013); Stockholm Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2012): ‘North by New York', New Nordic Art, Scandinavia House, New York, USA (2011); ‘North by New York: New Nordic Art', Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2010); ‘Eight Contemporary Commentaries', Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); ‘Collecting Collections', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2008) and ‘In silent conversation with Ingmar Bergman', Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2008). In 2006, the artist won the Carnegie Art Award, a prestigious prize for Nordic contemporary painting, which received a corresponding exhibition that travelled extensively throughout Europe. Her work was represented in the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Andersson's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Apoteket AB, Stockholm; Bonnier Dahlins Stiftelse, Stockholm; The Broad Art Foundation, California; City of Stockholm, Stockholm; Folkets Hus och Parker, Stockholm; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg; Kultur I Länet, Uppsala läns andsting, Uppsala; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås and Satens Konstråd/National Public Art Council, Stockholm.