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Privat Art School
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture
I am...
Born 1958 in Landskrona, Sweden.
I have been taking all kinds of evening classes
in drawing and painting during my childhood.
Later on I study art in a privat art-school in Liège, Belgium.
After the art-school I practise and worked 4 years with
different artist in Belgium, Holland and France.
About my artwork
Having an Identifiable Painting Style
by Marion Boddy-Evans http://painting.about.com/b/a/246071.htm

What is it that defines an artist’s style, that ‘thing’ which makes you recognize a painting as being by a particular artist before you’re close enough to see a signature? It can be the way the paint is handled (such as Pollock) or the brush strokes (such as Van Gogh). It can also be the way a subject is dealt with, which is what struck me about the paintings of contemporary Swedish artist Ulf-Johan Härd whose paintings consist of intertwined figures and events. Every painting is different, some have more in them than others, yet they echo each other in the way the subject is painted and in the choice of colors. As you look at them, you know they must be by the same artist.

I think it’s incredibly hard to describe with words what an artist’s style is, but here’s what the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle had to say when Ulf-Johan’s work was exhibited: “His work comprises his universe -- a world estranged where the characters are the actors of a theatre burlesque. Actors, or more exactly marionettes, as if they had been placed in movement by an invisible hand... perhaps that of society? On the other hand, his works display a wild play of color which accentuates the impression of the artist’s questioning of man’s place in the universe.” (Phew!)

When I asked Ulf-Johan to tell me a bit about his work, he said: “I love to travel and to meet people. Each painting presents a story. Sometimes it’s about a person who’s told me something about his or her life. Sometimes I put many stories together, like a puzzle, to create a story. I also try to express things in life I like or don’t like.”

“When I’m traveling, I often keep a visual diary of drawings of people I encounter and the things they’ve told me. Drawings of the places I’ve have been visiting and situations I’ve encountered. Together this creates a base for me to work on. I don’t go to work immediately though. First I take in all the information, then I let it mature. When the painting is ready in my head, then I start to work.”
And how does he decide when a painting is finished? “I just know. I feel empty and tired when the story and colors are all together on the canvas. Then I leave it for a while and do a last check before declaring it done.”

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At 20:06 on February 23, 2009, Elizabeth Roman said…
Hi Ulf-Johan
I invite you to visit my profile in ArtSlant http://www.artslant.com/ny/artists/show/24181-elizabeth-roman If you love it maybe you can vote in «ArtSlant Juried Showcase competition" for my painting “Street, rhythm and soul”. Good evening to you and thank you for your visit.
Kind regards
Elizabeth Roman
At 12:41 on November 7, 2008, Cora de Lang said…
thank you Ulf, it is true you have many colours and still I like your compositions . take care .
At 16:59 on November 4, 2008, Cora de Lang said…
I like your work . Many stories , and layers . I want to look

at them again with more time . Please Ulf I invite you to see my web page www.coradelang.com I think we have some similarities .
At 19:25 on October 8, 2008, Hoffman Maciej said…
thanks for invite to Your friends. So many hot colors from cold Nord :)
At 15:36 on September 28, 2008, Ralph Paul William Essex said…
Have another site on the interhighway which has all my work on it- which is plenty and growing.
Can liase with fellow artists with my contacts who have internet site for audio and video transmissions online.
Art/audio installation for your benefit and causes.
Example: http://myspace.com/catgotwasted
At 20:46 on September 27, 2008, Ulf-Johan Härd said…
Thank you very much! Behind each painting is a story about people I have met or perhaps one day I´m going to meet. Please let me know if you have a specific question about a painting.
At 18:49 on September 27, 2008, Eva Vasina said…
I like your paintings, they are made in complicated expressionst manner and express your deep vision of life. Really impressed with you fantasy. I see the good art school, to which belonged many painters I adore- Chagal, Filonoff, Klee. Thank you:)


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