Solo Exhibition: Pär Strömberg, ANIARA, Galleri Aniara in Sollentuna

To the Mountains II

To the Mountains II

Opening Friday June 30 3PM-6PM
Opening speech by Municipal Cultural Director Helene Burmeister at 4PM

30 June – 20 August 2017
Galleri Aniara
Sollentuna Bibliotek, Aniaraplatsen 2
191 21 Sollentuna, Sweden

2016 marked the 60th anniversary of Aniara by Nobel laureate, Harry Martinsson. A novel that has inspired many artists, musicians and theater/film makers for generations. In 2016, Pär Strömberg also received The Sollentuna Municipal Cultural Award, and to mark this he will present work inspired by Aniara at Galleri Aniara in Sollentuna. Strömberg depicts night skies, mountains, melting glaciers, strange sky phenomena, all with a dystopian, psychological twist. These paintings serve as a contemporary commentary to the novel and the discourse of the environmental threats and climate crisis in the world today. There is not only an apocalyptic atmosphere, but one of hope and beauty and a positive resurgent atavism.

Opening hours during the exhibition:
Mon-Fri 11-18
Sat-Sun closed

Galleri Aniara–gora/kultur-och-noje/Konst/galleri-aniara/

Upcoming solo shows – save the dates:

Upcoming solo shows (save the dates):

June 30th, Galleri Aniara in Sollentuna (S)
The series To the Mountains, Mother North, Transylvania and more. Oil on canvas, watercolor on paper and charcoal drawings (even perhaps some prints will be available).

August 19th, PAPER Gallery, Manchester (UK)
The new work of the series Those of the Unlight, Black Metal Girls and especially new new series of On Darkened Wings. Watercolor paintings and charcoal drawings on paper.

Stay tuned for more!

Skärmavbild 2017-04-10 kl. 12.55.00 Skärmavbild 2017-04-10 kl. 12.55.15

Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part IV

Exhibition dates: 17 February – 25 March 2017
Private View: Thursday 16 February 2016, 6-9pm
Opening Times: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11 – 6pm

Hermione Allsopp / Jemima Brown / Andrea Cotton / Lisa Denyer / Tracey Eastham / Zavier Ellis / David Hancock / Florian Heinke / Phill Hopkins / Hilde Krohn Huse / Sam Jackson / Monica Ursina Jäger / Vincent James / Chris Jones / Richard Meaghan / Alex Gene Morrison / Narbi Price / Mitra Saboury / Jenny Steele / Pär Strömberg / Zhu Tian / Lisa Wilkens / Simon Woolham / Hannah Wooll / THE CULT OF RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ featuring Yang Younghee

Semiotic Guerilla Warfare marks a new collaboration between CHARLIE SMITH LONDON and PAPER presented at the London gallery. The artists assembled create artwork from any materials that come to hand; creating a theoretical collage of themes: linguistics, text, the city, psychogeography, found images, appropriation, youth / underground culture, networks, cults / rituals. Exploring popular culture in an attempt to de-value the art object and elevate everyday objects. Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare presents found objects, mass-produced materials, and a lo-fi aesthetics to create a new visual language that comments upon the disposable nature of our culture and society.

The purchase of commodities can be seen to offer a sense of freedom and an escape. By manipulating and appropriating high street fashions youth subcultures create a unique identity and transform themselves into street art. These concepts might be equally applied to artists, who use appropriation in their art to subvert the meaning of the subjects that they transform. This creative use of commodities is exploited for the purpose of resistance, altering the meaning of a chosen mass produced object through the concept of bricolage. This cultural appropriation or theft and transformation of a commodity highlights each of these artists as conspicuous consumers. Dick Hebdige, the subcultural theorist, quoting Umberto Eco, describes these subversive practices as “semiotic guerrilla warfare”; raiding the dominant culture for their trophies. These commodities are desired simply because they are status symbols of the privileged. They are essentially “empty fetishes”, desired and appropriated from those that are their antithesis. These artists essentially adopt the lifestyles they appropriate, employing their visual language to subvert the meaning of the very images they incorporate into their work.

The exhibition contains individual works from internationally renowned artists such as Chris Jones, Jemima Brown, Florian Heinke, Pär Strömberg, Lisa Wilkens, Phill Hopkins, and John Moore’s prizewinner, Narbi Price. Alongside these artists is the avant-garde cyber Hip Hop performance art group, The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, present <The Book of Bitumen>, a residue recording the Cults’ live street performance rituals.


BMG #10
Watercolour on Paper
31 x 23cm

The Cat Show – upcoming exhibition in Manchester (UK)


PAPER #33: The Cat Show Exhibition dates: 12 November – 17 December 2016
Private View: Thursday 10 November 2016

Featuring a number of artists including: Pär Strömberg Peeter Allik, Tilo Baumgärtel, Alan Birch, Mike Chavez-Dawson, David Hancock, Sarah Jeffries, Ilona Kiss, Leonard Lapin, Cathy Lomax, Rui Matsunaga, David Miles, James Moore, Narbi Price, Brian Reed, The Royal Art Lodge, Miho Sato, Lucy May Schofield, Sharon Shields, Martin Symons Lisa Wilkens and more.

“Kittens” was the answer Tim Bernes Lees famously gave in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) when asked what was the one thing that surprised him most about the way his invention of the World Wide Web has been adopted, 25 years on. It hardly needs stating: The Internet has provided us with instant access to an unprecedented amount of knowledge (power) and an incredible tool for mass communication (mobilization). Yet “Cats” is one of the most commonly searched for keywords, cat videos and images are among the highest viewed online content (described in the New York Times as ‘the essential building block of the Internet’), and cat celebrities are abound (Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, Nala Cat and Cattycake to name a few). An entire subculture has developed around LOLcat memes.

More info:






Pär Strömberg
Satanic Feminist Kitten
Ink and watercolor on paper
23 x 20 cm

Sollentuna Kulturstipendium (in Swedish – english in short below)

Nu delar Sollentuna kommun ut sammanlagt 130 000 kronor i stipendier och utmärkelser inom kultur- och fritidsområdet. Det stora kulturstipendiet går till konstnären Pär Strömberg!

Kulturstipendiet till internationellt etablerad konstnär

Konstnären Pär Strömberg, född 1972, utbildad vid Gerrit Rietveld Akademie i Amsterdam och Kungliga Konsthögskolan i Stockholm. Han är bosatt i Sollentuna och verksam konstnär. Han är ett etablerat namn på den internationella konstscenen och har under många år undervisat i måleri på konstskolan i Örebro och på Rietveld Akademin i Amsterdam. Pär målar ofta i stora format med olja på duk av öde landskap, djupa skogar och mörka himlar men under senare år har hans fokus skiftat åt mindre verk på papper. Hans konst finns på flera stora museer och i privata samlingar världen över. Stipendiet på 60 000 kr gör att Pär kan frigöra mer tid för sitt måleri:
Jag undervisar redan mindre än förra året för att frigöra än mer arbetstimmar. Med små barn hemma är jag i behov av tid för kommande utställningar och för att bredda min produktion av målningar som kräver både resande, förkovran och ateljétid. Jag har redan påbörjat arbetet med en ny svit akvareller, eventuellt även en svit litografier som bygger på naturbetraktelser med äldre byggnader i bland annat Törnskogen i Sollentuna. Genom Sollentuna bibliotek har jag hittat en del intressant material och hoppas kunna undersöka platser på egen hand för att fullborda en omfattande Sollentunasvit under kommande år, säger Pär Strömberg.

Läs mer:–press/nyhet-uppleva–gora/stipendiater-2016/


Tidningen Mitt i:

Vi i Sollentuna:

Örebro Kuriren:

Psalms of the Black Light IX, watercolor on paper, 40.6 × 30.5 cm

Psalms of the Black Light IX, watercolor on paper, 40.6 × 30.5 cm

Pär Strömberg has been awarded the Sollentuna Municipality Cultural Award 2016 for his contribution to the contemporary art scene and for putting Sollentuna on the international map. The prize amount of 60000 SEK will be handed out at a ceremony at Edsbergs Slott mid December. More press and info will come shortly.

Pär Strömberg on Artsy:

Upcoming shows in October

Coming exhibitions in October

Landscape and the City at Galerie Helder in Den Haag (NL)
1 okt – 30 okt
Yves Beaumont, Pär Strömberg, Demiak and Bart Benschop
Art The Hague 2016 with Galerie Helder (NL)
5 okt – 9 okt
Yves Beaumont, Stephan van den Burg, Sander Reijgers, Pär Strömberg, Marena Seeling, Kevin Bauer, Harry Markusse, Eelke van Willegen ,Demiak, Damian Kapojos, Bart Benschop
As The Shadows Rise, oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm

A Bad End Story in Berlin


A BAD END STORY hits BERLIN / September16, 2016

This international ART and Music project, now makes a Berlin stop. While on our way to VENICE we have our first big one day show during Berlin Art Week. Exhibition open from 12pm (afternoon) and a huge opening-after-party from 8pm till 2am!

– Marie Aly, Germany
– Wisse Ankersmit, Netherlands
– Ronald de Bloeme, Germany
– Aldo van den Broek, Germany
– Matthijs Booij, Netherlands
– Kim David Bots, Netherlands
– Bram Braam, Germany
– Jenny Brosinski, Germany
– Aukje Dekker, Netherlands
– Wolfgang Flad, Germany
– Janina Frye, Netherlands
– Galen Gibson-Cornell, United States
– Eveline van de Griend, Germany
– Esmay Groot Koerkamp, Netherlands
– Christian Henkel, Germany
– Henk-Sjoerd Hinrichs, Netherlands
– Jan Hoek, Netherlands
– Paul de Jong, Netherlands
– Noortje Knulst, Netherlands
– Jerry Kowalsky, Germany
– Mati Lempart, Germany
– Sanja Marija Marušić, Netherlands
– Mok-C, Netherlands
– Sven Robin Nibbeling, Netherlands
– Janine van Oene, Netherlands
– Marijn Ottenhof, Netherlands
– Henny GM Overbeek, Netherlands
– Cas van der Pas, Denmark
– Thomas van Rijs, Netherlands
– Tanja Ritterbex, Germany
– SA-PO (Sven Sauer & Igor Posavec), Germany
– Chris Shaw, France
– Julia Sossinka, Germany
– Pär Strömberg, Sweden
– Boris Tellegen, Netherlands
– The Books Happen
– Emilio Veendorp, Netherlands

From 21:00 there will be music provided by: A BAD END STORY (Germany), BARTEK (Netherlands), HOT° (Germany), Baywaves (Spain), DJ MFK – Analogue Mutations (Netherlands), Vinilette (Spain) and more tba.

There will be free Jägermeister!

Next stop: A BAD END STORY – Venice, Italy – May 2017


Musikbrauerei, Greifswalder Straße 23, Prenzlauer Berg, 10405 Berlin


Fasaskogen I, 2016
28 x 28 cm
Watercolor on Paper


Fasaskogen Il, 2016
28 x 28 cm
Watercolor on Paper


Fasaskogen Ill, 2016
28 x 28 cm
Watercolor on Paper

Into the Deep Woods, PAPER Gallery in Manchester opens August 20th

Adam Batchelor / Kaspar Bucher / David Hancock /
Roy Andres Hofer / Louise Isbjørn / Jeffrey Knopf /
Sharon Leahy-Clark / Marina Lutz / Tyrone Richards /
Pär Strömberg /

Exhibition Dates: 21 August – 25 September

In collaboration with a-space in Switzerland, PAPER presents Into the Deep Woods. Drawing inspiration from the interpretation of the forest as the unconscious, 10 artists and a poet have responded to this notion, creating within their works a narrative construct to explore the theory of the forest as a psychological space. The forest signifies the realm of the imagination, which, according to Lacan, is the psychic place, or phase, where the child projects its ideas of self in order to develop its own identity, sexuality, and gendered self. A recurrent theme in fairytales is the protagonist entering the forest. Through the ensuing narrative and their chilling encounters, they inevitably gain a sense of the changes in their lives, particularly from child to adult, and also a sense of morality.

More on PAPER:





PRESS about the show:

New exhibitions

This week/weekend (1-5 of June) Pär Strömberg will show with Galerie Helder (NL) at the KunstRai Art Amsterdam fair. You will find the work in booth 18.

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

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


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Papered Stories; 14 Artists Dealing with Paper

Jane Benson, William Binnie, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Matthew Craven, Nate Ethier, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jeff Grant, David Kramer, Russell Nachman, Ken Nintzel,

Erika Ranee, Aiden Simon, Pär Strömberg, and Martha Tuttle



Detail of Nate Ethier’s Untitled, 2016 Acrylic, acrylic ink, water soluble color pencil, and pastel on paper, 23 x 22 inches


Dates: June 10 to July 30, 2016

Opening: Friday, June 10 from 6-9 pm


LMAKgallery is pleased to present Papered Stories. The exhibition brings together 14 artists dealing with paper; Jane Benson, William Binnie, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Matthew Craven, Nate Ethier, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jeff Grant, David Kramer, Russell Nachman, Ken Nintzel, Erika Ranee, Aiden Simon, Pär Strömberg, and Martha Tuttle, which opens on Friday, June 10 and will be on view until July 30th.


In Papered Stories fourteen artists take a look at how work on paper can be interpreted. Each artist uses paper differently: as material, as bearer, as medium – creating a dialogue amongst the works. Akin to conversations, the works start to inform one another which results in engaging surprises.


During the duration of the show Ken Nintzel will perform selections from his paper and object theater work “Frances Faye’s Folk Song Sing-A-Long”. Performances will take place on two weekends in June: on the 18th/19th and also on the 25th/26th.


Jane Benson expands upon the themes of division and connection. The lalala landscape drawings, featured here, render of a single musical note in long graphite rows, creating shifting horizons as the viewer reads the somber melody.  In their singularity the limited tonal range of the drawings reflects on the experience of exile and separation.


William Binnie was born in Dallas and currently works in Massachusetts.  His work explores the nihilism and reactionary violence that rest uncomfortably below the surface of mainstream American culture. His juxtapositions with idyllic images of North America casts doubt on the myth of American innocence while holding tight to the hope that it might still be true.


Nayda Collazo-Llorens is a visual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. Through her practice, she examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, language and hyper-connectivity.


New York-based Matthew Craven‘s works are preoccupied first with process, repetition, and the discernment of patterns and series. In his re-use of textbooks from the 1960’s through the 1990’s, many of which are filled with misinformation and ideologically-inflected language, however the work confronts and questions this history and those who set it as truth.


Drawing on traditions of twentieth century formalism and hard-edge abstraction, Nate Ethier‘s flamboyant geometric abstractions celebrate both the bucolic and the post-industrial world. The exchange of interchangeable modular structures through synchronicity and symmetry is the bedrock of the work, while rock and roll, the rolling surf, and poetry whisper in the background.


Colombian-born Gonzalo Fuenmayor looks to Latin American art history to comment on contemporary international politics. Utilizing a symbolic language, Fuenmayor expresses it with detailed Rococo inspired charcoal drawings of iconic imagery of palm trees and bananas in unexpected settings. Indirectly criticizing the right-wing military regimes that were funded by the international community and still bear their influence and the after-effects of the Monroe Doctrine.


Jeff Grant deals with ambiguities and over-determinations inherent in or applied to familiar images

and forms. His work is characterized by exaggerated assertions and subtle contradictions. The

specificity of the image and its identifiable qualities are manipulated and disregarded creating an

elusive instability while also existing as precisely defined drawing.


David Kramer pulls from that formative decade, re-crafting its lifestyle advertisements and distinctive interior design into paintings, drawings, and installations both nostalgic and ironic. He overlays what he calls “one-liners” onto his images and objects, revealing the falsity of the idealized vision they present and the disillusionment of adulthood. Narrative has always been a crucial ingredient to his work, whether it comes through his own words and text; or is provided by the viewer while interacting with his furniture and installations.


Russell Nachman’s, a Colorado native living in New York, work takes up themes of madness, unlikely kinship and rock ‘n’ roll.Drawing upon the reactions utopias explored in Black Metal and post-Vietnam War-era biker culture, as well as late-18th century German Romantic literature, with its focus away from Enlightenment-era rationalism, its embrace of the individual, and its fascination with heightened states of experience.


Ken Nintzel‘s works are an extension of and informed by avant-garde theater and performance based works. Featuring paper theater and an assortment of mechanical devises, Nintzel uncovers not just a third dimension in paper but also its performative capabilities.


His piece “Frances Faye’s Folk Song Sing-A-Long” will present a series of short paper and object theater works that will occur repeatedly between 2-4 PM on Saturdays/Sundays, June 18-19 and 25-26. This project is generously supported by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.


Erika Ranee‘s work reflects on the fleeting instance where nature and city grit collide allowing for an exploration and complexity of building an image. There is the push and pull in the act of painting that anticipates the desired reveal: a dance between control and chance.


Aiden Simon is interested in the negotiation of play and the disruption of stable subject positions. In his drawings the segments of the figure create lone moments that intervene a direct portraiture but force the viewer to question narrative construction; solely depend on a line dissecting its negative space.


Pär Strömberg is influenced by the landscapes of his native Sweden as well as the tradition of German and Russian Symbolism, creating a dialogue of depictions of solitary individuals confronting landscapes both beautiful and fearsome. Strömberg’s watercolors abound in austere, sub-arctic landscapes, shadowy figures, and the quietude of post-apocalyptic ruin. Aware of the affective power of images, however, Strömberg’s work refuses “to tip over into a quasi-religious overindulgence or turn into a blank projection surface for nationalistic ideas.”


Martha Tuttle uses tactile processes to mediate between intention and happenstance.  Weavings engaged with so deeply by the hands that the fabric begins to rupture as it is becoming made, layers of paper becoming so thin they record every touch.  Through the activity of their making, the works exist as moments in time preserved in the frailty of their material.



Detail view of Pär Strömberg Psalms of the Black Light II, 2015 Watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches



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Into the Deep Woods

Leo 15, Lucerne, Switzerland: 9-12 June 2016

Heimspiel, Basel, Switzerland: 16 June – 20 June 2016

PAPER, Manchester, UK: 21 August – 25 September 2016


In collaboration with a-space in Switzerland, PAPER presents Into the Deep Woods. Drawing inspiration from the interpretation of the forest as the unconscious, 10 artists and a poet have responded to this notion, creating within their works a narrative construct to explore the theory of the forest as a psychological space.


Summer exhibition in Luzern (Switzerland)

A-Space and PAPER presents:

Into The Deep Woods

Leo 15, Luzern 10 – 13 June

(more info on the invite below)

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