Trygve Lie Gallery
PATRIK GRAHAM: Bagels and Other Portraits
February 20, 6-8 pm
In the presence of the Honorary Consul General of Sweden, David Dangoor
Arguably Sweden’s best living portrait painter, Patrik Graham is old school, and approaches the ubiquitous, iconic New York bagel with the gravitas of Old Master portraiture and a pop art sense of the ordinary.
Besides the noble task of capturing the souls of the rich and famous (or just friends and interesting people) and rendering them in oil on canvas for posterity, Patrik paints portraits of bagels. It has become almost a practice, capturing the uniqueness of each one, from its best angle. They are not still lives in the traditional sense, with a hidden story, allegory or to display wealth. The simple composition of the ordinary fare known to all New Yorkers, is strictly repeated and appears to be Pop Art silkscreen at a first glance. Each bagel is a meticulously painted, highly individual portrait; as Patrik says, “they just sat there and posed for so many hours”.
In a recent interview on Swedish TV* Patrik addressed the relevance of traditional portraiture at a time when the proliferation of photography challenges oil painting: Patrik says, ” What’s exciting about this is that it becomes the opposite of taking a photograph. The person goes through various states in which they feel happy, stimulated, bored etc., and over so many hours the portrait becomes a composite or summary of all of these different moods. “
Born in Kenya of Swedish-German parents, Patrik spent his early childhood in Kenya and India before moving back to Sweden. He trained in the most rigorous of art schools in Florence, dedicated to painting portraits in the tradition of the Old Masters, Titian, Velazquez and Van Dyck. After completing the three year program, Patrik taught for one additional year. Currently Patrik divides his time between New York and Sweden and travels widely for his commissions. Patrik lives in Greenwich village with his filmmaker wife and two daughters.
The exhibition is curated by Elfi von Kantzow Alvin & Anita Alvin Nilert
For more info about the artist visit www.patrikgraham.com
*Swedish TV interview on January 30th* AntikMagasinet with Nationalmuseet’s curator Margareta Gynning http://www.svtplay.se/antikmagasinet
More information: http://americanscandinavian.org/event/art-opening-patrik-graham/
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