Those of the Unlight, opening Tuesday 1st of September in Stockholm

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Those of the Unlight – A painting project

Opening at Riche Lilla Baren
Tuseday 1/9 17.00-20.00, open till 29th of September

Stockholm based artist, Pär Strömberg appropriates the imagery of Romanticism alongside the iconography of Black Metal and Satanism.

Mostly known for his vast and deserted landscape paintings, of cold winter woods and starless nights, this project takes a slightly different tour into to the area of portraiture.

The title Those of the Unlight is taken from the second album of Swedish Black metal pioneers Marduk. Brought up in rural Sweden where Christian values permeated his youth, early Heavy Metal and later in the early 90′s partaking of the Scandinavian Black Metal scene offered a form of rebellion that infected the morals of Christian society, even turning a small number of participants into arsonists and murderers.
Rebellion and an anti-everything mentality inspire Strömberg’s practice and he continually draws from this period in his youth. For a subculture so male-centric, Strömberg has chosen to focus upon the female participants. These young women, mainly girls from catholic backgrounds, use the machoistic iconography of Black Metal bands to make a new form of rebellious statement, hashtagging themselves within social media as #blackmetalgirls and claiming the subculture as their own.
In portraying their ‘selfies’ in watercolour, Strömberg hopes to evaluate their status within the tropes of Romanticism. In its stylistic diversity and range of subjects, Romanticism defies simple categorization. As the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire wrote in 1846, “Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling.”

Pär Strömberg born in Örebro, Sweden in 1972, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Strömberg graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 1999 and from Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm in 2013 . He was nomineed for the Royal Dutch Painting Prize on four occasions and won the Wim Izaks paintings prize in the Netherlands. He current holds the Cecilia Frisendahls Lithography Grant from the Stockholm Lithography Museum. He has had numerous exhibitions across Europe and the USA. Recent shows includes Charles Bank Gallery in New York, Ron Mandos in Amsterdam, various art fairs across Europe and a solo show in Los Angeles with Coagula Curatorial is soon coming up. His work is included in the following collections: Museum Het Domein Sittard (NL), Caldic Collectie Rotterdam (NL), Akzo Nobel Art Foundation Amsterdam (NL), Peter Drake Collection (NL), Hugo & Carla Brown Collection (NL), Örebro Läns Museum (S) and many more. Strömberg also teaches painting at the Örebro College of Art and is a noted wine enthusiast, writing for several magazines.

Art Copenhagen 18-20 September with PAPER

I will show some new work at Art Copenhagen with Paper Gallery of Manchester, open the weekend of 18-20 September! So if you’re planning a trip to Denmark or if you are in CPH at that point, come check it out!

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Summer exhibition Orange Water I

Upcoming summer exhibition in Greece

Beeldende Kunst Festival Orange Water I
15 juli tot 15 september 2015, Athene – Paros – Kreta

My work will be in Parikia (Paros) at the National Gallery Pinacotheek Parou (Dimitrakopoulos): 23 juli tot 10 augustus

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Summer exhibition at Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden



Pär Strömberg, Vintner’s Winter IV, 2015, watercolor on paper, 56 x 75 cm


The Summer exhibition at Edsvik Konsthall is focusing on water color painting.

Opening June 6 at 2 pm with a ceremony by director Ricardo Donoso

Exhibition runs through 2 August and all opening info can be found here:

Home Studio Exhibition



Black Dahlias, watercolor on paper, 23 x 31 cm, 2014


Pär Strömberg (Örebro 1972) is an internationally acclaimed painter. Studied at Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. After almost 15 years on the international art scene, Strömberg has moved back to Sweden and will show work from the past 4-5 years, drawings, paintings and graphic art at his small home studio in Sollentuna. The exhibition coincides and is part of Sollentuna Konstronda and Stockholm Art Week. Strömberg is represented by Ron Mandos Gallery in Amsterdam and PAPER Gallery in Manchester. His work is collected all over the world from private to museal collections. 4 time nominated for the Dutch Royal Painting Prize and winner of Wim Izaks Paintings prize in The Netherlands.

This small home exhibition will introduce Strömbergs work to a, rather new, Swedish audience. Having no representation in Sweden, the occasions of seeing his work is limited. Known for his large scaled landscape paintings, this show will, on the contrary, focus on smaller scaled work (oils and watercolors), editions and drawings. The theme will be recognizable but some new surprises will occur. Most works are for sale.

Opening hours and info:
Saturday 18th of April, 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 19th of April, 11 AM – 5 PM

Töjnavägen 40 a, 191 34 Sollentuna
Tel: 0706-174695

Open to everyone, no rsvp, but please respect the premises and opening hours (it’s a home exhibition).

Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair

A few my paintings will be on show with Galerie Helder at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair starting on Wednesday the 4th of February (going on till 8th). For opening hours, maps, entrance fees and other info, please see:

Galerie Helder

Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair

As the Shadows Rise, , oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm

As the Shadows Rise, 2010, oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm

The Spring Of Lethe (Ameles Potamos), oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm


The Spring Of Lethe (Ameles Potamos), 2012, oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm

Of Wolf and Man, oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm


Of Wolf and Man, 2012, oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm


London Art Fair with PAPER

Pär Strömberg will show a couple of new watercolors at the upcoming London Art Fair (21 – 25 of January) with PAPER, a gallery from Manchester. So if you are in London this coming weekend, Welcome!

Please see all necessary info on the London Art Fair link:


“Imago Mortis” 2014, watercolor on paper, 31cm x 23 cm


“Ars Moriendi” 2014, watercolor on paper, 31cm x 23 cm


Upcoming shows January (partly in Swedish)

Nu på fredag 9 januari kan du se konstverken från “Utanför Ramarna” i sin helhet på Örebro läns museum.

Temat för årets julkalender var “Utanför ramarna”. Bilderna i fönstren på Rådhuset i Örebro visar bara ett utsnitt av varje konstverk. Hur hela verken ser ut har hållits hemligt! Medverkande konstnärer bl.a. Pär Strömberg, Tommy Hilding, Susanna Slöör, Andreas Ribbung, Tom Boogard mfl.

Utställningen pågår 9 januari – 22 februari 2015

Öppettider, Örebro läns museum
Tisdagar kl. 9–18,
Onsdagar kl. 12–21,
Torsdagar kl. 9–18,
Fredag–söndag kl. 12–16,
Måndagar stängt


Mer info: and

Storm, 30 x 40 cm, oil on canvas

Pär STrömberg, Storm, Utanför Ramarna, Örebro Läns Museum 2015


I will also show a few small works on paper with Paper at London Art Fair, January 21-25. See link for all info


Echoes, 2011, watercolored litho on paper, 13 x 15 cm - sell price € 400

Echoes, 2011, watercolored litho on paper, 13 x 15 cm – sell price € 400


Happy New Year




Updates of 2014-album and upcoming shows will soon be online – stay tuned for all info and for a prosperous and active 2015

Rådhusets Julkalender 2014 in Örebro

Interview with Pär Strömberg in Swedish radio P4 about the upcoming art event Rådhusets Julkalender in Örebro.

About 1 h and 50 minutes in to the show:

More info (in swedish) about the exhibition “Utanför Ramarna” here: