A look into our future of 2039, from Totally Stockholm

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“The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes” – Marcel Proust

When trying to predict how a future Stockholm might look we thought we should approach the subject in the spirit of Proust. And while we’re quoting former thinkers let’s throw in Abraham Lincoln and his memorable line: ”The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

We rounded up 50 creative Stockholmer’s to ask how their city will look, smell and sound in 25 years from now – what will we achieve and what do we want to become?

Welcome to 2039.

Read all statements on link below:




Pär Strömberg, artist and wine columnist

Pär Strömberg

Stockholm has grown stronger and bigger in the sense of cultural and social understanding. We are now the big city we always pretended to be, not just in the minds of various free thinkers. We will see a more progressive secularism and the cultural sector will gain more power on behalf of organized religion. There is a more outspoken equality and respect towards each other, where care for the elderly and our young are prioritized over big and global corporate profits. Stockholm will have lot’s of local wine dealers (without the monopoly), open permissive bars and hang-outs and a great and more developed (independent) cultural scene.




Upcoming shows spring/summer 2014

Pär Strömberg will, for the first time, show his work in Australia. A solo show named ‘Come Twilight, Come Dark Night’ will take place at Peek-a-Boo gallery during the winter arts festival in Perth in June. His work will also be included in a group show curated by Paper Gallery of Manchester at the very same place, under the very same festival, but, in August.
Other shows include  the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield (UK) with Paper Gallery and in Laren at Singer Museum (The Netherlands) and last but not least in Torsby with my fellow colleagues/artist/teachers at Örebro College of Art and the 10-yrs anniversary group show at Galleri Garaget in the deep woods of Småland both in Sweden.
Other shows are being planned at the very moment so stay tuned for updates.

More info to come about the specific exhibitions closer to opening dates


Cabin, 2014, watercolor on paper


Gaahl’s Cabin, 2014, watercolor on paper

The Functionality of Thought with PAPER at AAF Battersea in London opens today

PAPER presentsThe Functionality of Thought

@ Affordable Art Fair

Battersea Park, London

13-16 March 2014


PAPER have been invited to take part in the new PROJECTS section of the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. This new feature of the fair, housed by the main entrance will allow PAPER the opportunity to curate an exclusive exhibition for the event. Alongside a number of gallery artists who have created new work exclusively for this event, the exhibition will feature a number of new artists to PAPER including Rebecca Turner who was recently included in Paper at the Saatchi Gallery, Sharon Leahy-Clark who has previous exhibited at Tate, Shinbo Hiroshi, a Japanese outsider artist, Paraic Leahy, an emerging artist from Ireland who has won numerous award for his paintings and Allan Bech, a Danish artist who creates stunning surreal drawings.


In 1924 Andre Breton wrote the first Manifesto of Surrealism, in which he defines surrealism as: “Pure psychic automatism by means of which one intends to express, either verbally or in writing or in any other manner, the actual functionality of thought. Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, free of any aesthetic or moral concern.” For the exhibition The Functionality of Thought we have asked several contemporary artists for whom these ideas remain prevalent in their practice today to further explore ideas of surrealism.


Allan Bech (DK) / Jenny Core / Andrea Cotton / David Hancock / Shinbo Hiroshi (JP) / Paraic Leahy (IE) / Sharon Leahy-Clark / Hayley Lock / Richard Meaghan / Leanne Richardson/ Pär Strömberg (SE) / Rebecca Turner / Graham Watson / Simon Woolham / Hannah Wooll / Dawn Woolley / Rachel Wrigley / Wen Wu


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Supermarket Art Fair and Paper Gallery in the press

WESC news: http://wesc.com/post/pr-strmberg-shows-new-work-at-supermarket-art-fai

Supermarket Art Fair official: http://www.supermarketartfair.com/exhibitor/paper/2014


Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm with Paper Gallery from Manchester (UK)

PAPER will take part in the ninth installment of Supermarket Art Fair. The focus of Supermarket 2014 be a solo presentation of Stockholm based artist Pär Strömberg who will create an exclusive collection of drawings and prints that makes up ‘Psalms of Black Light’. Originally planned as a hand-bound book, the work refers to anti-cosmic ideas and chaos theories within the popular underground culture of Scandinavian Black Metal. Alongside Pär’s work we would show a selection of PAPER artists including new works from Hayley Lock, Richard Meaghan, David Hancock, Simon Woolham, Naomi LethbridgeAndrea Cotton, and Jenny Steele.


SUPERMARKET returns to Kulturhuset (the House of Culture) in Stockholm 2014 with its ninth Fair. It is a platform for the newest, most vital and innovative international art. With over 80 exhibitors from 30 countries worldwide it is the single largest international art event in Scandinavia. Despite its name SUPERMARKET is not a supermarket for art. Instead the content is in focus and the theme for the year will be Difference(s).



Gospel of a New Dawn II
Pen on paper,
21 x 15 cm


Pär Strömberg wants to wish you a Happy New Year and also welcome you to his first appearance in 2014:

SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair will be held 14–16 February 2014 on the 3rd and 5th floor of Kulturhuset in central Stockholm, with Paper Gallery from Manchester.



New work on paper (drawings and prints) will be on show, hope to see you there!

See more about Supermarket at: http://www.supermarketartfair.com

See more about Paper Gallery at: http://www.paper-gallery.co.uk/


Pär Strömberg wishes you all a Merry X-mas and Happy New Year

Transylvanian Hunger

Pär Strömberg now officially in the Riche collection

Please see link to Riche:

Riche Collection: http://www.riche.se/sv-se/konst/

Pär Strömberg at Riche Collection: http://www.riche.se/sv-se/konstdetail/?artid=30

Lonely Crawls the Night, 2010, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm (Courtesy of Riche Stockholm Sweden)

Lonely Crawls the Night, 2010, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm

One more week in Swedish talkshow TV4, Efter Tio with Malou von Sivers



The charcoal on paper drawing series Vintner’s Winter I, II & III is featured in the studio of Malou von Sivers for yet another week.

Swedish morning television TV4 talk show Efter Tio studio is styled by Lena Nyholm of Holger Design.

More on the studio (in Swedish):


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“End of the Line” – Group show, opening Thursday 21 November at Paper Gallery in Manchester

Opening Thursday 21 November, 6-9 pm at Paper Gallery in Manchester:

PAPER #10: End of the Line

Alice Bradshaw – Jenny Core – Andrea Cotton – Susannah Douglas – Bethan Hamilton – David Hancock – Phill Hopkins – Naomi Lethbridge – Hayley Lock – Richard Meaghan – David Miles – James Moore – Narbi Price – George Shaw – Richard Shields – Jenny Steele – Pär Strömberg – Barbara Walker – Graham Watson – Simon Woolham – Hannah Wooll – Dawn Woolley – Wen Wu

Private view: Saturday 7 December, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: 23 November – 21 December 2013

PAPER #10 is a presentation of gallery artists and newcomers to PAPER. PAPER #10 will coincide with Open Studio at Mirabel Studios and a presentation of Northern artists by the Contemporary Art Society within the studio’s project space, PS Mirabel. The exhibition will include works from Hayley Lock, David Miles, Barbara Walker and Richard Meaghan who joined PAPER earlier in the year. Barbara Walker was selected by Modern Painters as One to Watch last year and we are pleased to be exhibiting a new series of drawings produced especially for PAPER. We will also have lithograph prints by John Moores Prizewinner, Narbi Price, Turner Prize nominee, George Shaw and Stockholm based Pär Strömberg. Also included in the show are new works by Phill Hopkins who is currently exhibiting in Catalyst: Contemporary Art & War at the Imperial War Museum North and Susannah Douglas who has been selected for this year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize.



Creating the Twilight, stone lithography on paper