Joakim Ojanen is a Swedish artist with an eye for the absurd. In terms of materials Joakim has a flittering approach, but an intrinsic style is consistently evident. Whether it be an oil painting or sculptures cascading in ceramic, stainless steel or bronze textures, Joakim’s work is eponymous with weird and wonderful expressions.
After studying at the Konstfack University College of Arts in Stockholm, Joakim is working prolifically. The artist graduated with a masters in fine arts in 2014, he has been part of numerous exhibitions in Europe, but most recently a solo show, What A Time To Be Alive :(, across the pond at Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica.
Joakim’s painting often use an alternative colour palette to his more muted sculptural work. Pastel colourings mediate with brighter tones, using oil paint to the best of it’s ability to create textural shadows in his portraits. Within Joakim’s sculptures, paint is again used attentively creating expressions alongside smaller objects, each displaying Joakim’s artistic personality.
This month (January 2017) the artist will begin a residency at Galerie Lefebvre & Flis in Versailles for six weeks, culminating in a show at it’s gallery in Paris.
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