Mamma Andersson

Mamma Andersson

Swedish
b. 1962
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Overview

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 are uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.

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 are uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.

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

In 2018 Andersson won the Daniel And Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, a prestigious award honouring a living European artist. She was a co-curator of the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil and her solo exhibition ‘Memory Banks’ opened in October 2018 at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.

Other notable solo exhibitions include: ‘The Lost Paradise’, David Zwirner, New York (2020); ‘Mamma Andersson’ at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2017); ‘Tick Tock’ at Konsthallen, Luleå, Sweden (2013); ‘Dog Days’, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2010) and Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2009). In 2007 Andersson was the subject of a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden which travelled to the Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland and the Camden Arts Centre, London, England. In 2006 the artist won the Carnegie Art Award, a prestigious prize for Nordic contemporary painting, and she had a corresponding exhibition that travelled extensively in Europe. Her work was represented at the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). 

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