Artist and multi-disciplinary designer Karl-Joel Larsson is the essence of a modern day Renaissance man; working between painting, furniture design, graphic design and drawing. While studying at Gothenburg’s Academy of Design and Crafts he developed a practice that combines his many areas of expertise, drawing the furniture and paintings that inspire him.
A step on from his series Some Matisses, which arose from re-painting Matisse’s when he didn’t know what to paint, Karl-Joel’s new drawings depict Donald Judd furniture, palms, pools, bouquets, more Matisse paintings and Frida Kahlo in front of a Picasso. Drawn in bright hues with minimal details, the poppy series manages to strike the difficult balance of historical know-how and light heartedness; which sits well in Karl-Joel’s portfolio, that also includes a “post-practical table” with a textile top and hidden layer of elastic string.
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Billie studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art before completing an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She joined It’s Nice That as a Freelance Editorial Assistant back in January 2015 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis.