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Swedish artist Håkan Bengtsson exhibits at Galleri Lars Olsen in Copenhagen
Untitled, 2012. Oil on wood (ply wood), 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 and wooden stand.

COPENHAGEN.- The artwork for the exhibition at Gallery Lars Olsen can be divided into two parts.

The first part consists of paintings on canvas and wood (MDF-board) where many lines are interwoven into a whole. This type of work does not have any predetermined pattern but emerges under the development. The process can be divided into three elements: balance, imbalance, balance. I begin with a strict construction and from this I create many lines that give a lot of life and depth to the image. The last element consists of bringing balance back to the work, where the surface/entirety shall have a concentrated coherent whole.

The second part of the exhibition consists of drawings on wood (MDF-board) where I work from a model and I build artworks with layer upon layer of thin membranes of chalk or graphite. This type of work has an interface with the artistic. Unlike the first part, the strict accuracy of the line is very important; no mistakes must occur. There are no dissonances as in the first part, but they have a transparency that gives life to both the wood surface and the overlying surfaces.

Håkan Bengtsson, 1965 was born in Sölvesborg, Sweden and educated at Kristianstad Art Academy, Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm and Malmö Art Academy. He has exhibited at museums and other public venues in Sweden and at galleries domestically and internationally. He is represented in museums in Sweden, among these Göteborg Art museum, Helsingborg museums/Dunkers Kulturhus and at Statens Konstråd. He participated in the Carnegie Art Award shows 2001-2002. His exhibition at galleri Lars Olsen is also his first in Denmark.

All my work is about the line, surface, balance and the subtle/contemplative.

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