Joakim Allgulander

Sweden 1965

Sculpture, Painting

Joakim Allgulander
Joakim Allgulander
May 8, 2016
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Curiosity is one of the main driving forces behind everything we’ve accomplished. If it wasn’t for it, we would probably still be living some darker lives in some darker ages. Joakim Allgulander is a Swedish artist who draws his creative energy from his endless curiosity about the world that surrounds him. From patterns of human behavior, landscapes of his home country, to memories, everything seems to fuel his inspiration. He works in sculpture and painting, and even the techniques he uses project what is on his mind, not just the finished pieces. A constant need for exploration of different media and techniques, as well as the messages he sends, make Allgulander’s work stand out in the ocean of contemporary art.

Joakim Allgulander - Fountain and Astronaut, 2014 (Left) - Inverted Plant, 2014 (Right)
Joakim Allgulander – Fountain and Astronaut, 2014 (Left) / Inverted Plant, 2014 (Right)

The Memories

His most recent series of paintings is based on the Swedish landscapes, more precisely, on the memories of the landscapes that surrounded him as a child growing up in rural Sweden. The series is semi-abstract in correspondence of the natural abstraction of the memories, as the paintings become fragments, where the whole tree is not shown, thus showing the inevitability of forgetting some parts no matter how dear something is to you. Allgulander uses the layering technique that refers directly to the multitude of dimensions of a single memory, slowly building up his paintings in a way similar to out brains often overlay latter additions to already existing recollections.

The series is based on the memories of the landscapes that surrounded him while he was growing up

Joakim Allgulander - Nordic Light 2 (Left) - Nordic Light 3 (Center) - Nordic Light 4 (Right)
Joakim Allgulander – Nordic Light 2 (Left) / Nordic Light 3 (Center) / Nordic Light 4 (Right), photo credits Orion Contemporary

Neon Man

The artist frequently deals with existential dilemmas but also adds the elements of humor to the difficult topics of love and hate, life and death. He somehow manages to make the artworks feel poetic and they always leave a deep emotional imprint with the viewers. Allgulander is famous for using neon sculptures as a medium of his artistic expression and his thought of the world. He uses neon based on the commercial value of similar ads and tackles the issues of consumerism, human relations, and our behavior. In one of his most famous pieces, titled Trust Me, he combines a powerful message with devastating consequences – the sign calls for placing the viewers trust in the artist, but is almost 900 degrees hot at the same time, creating contradiction that is ever-present in human relations, and emphasizing that even something to benign and good as trust could be twisted and uses in a wrong way and against us.

His artworks are full of contradictions

Joakim Allgulander - Trust Me, 2012
Joakim Allgulander – Trust Me, 2012

Existence and Poetry

Allgulander studied at Öland Folk School and at the National College of the Arts and Crafts in Stockholm. His art is imbued with curiosity and contrasts, as he portrays humans and the world as we experience it. He is constantly experimenting with different medium and techniques, always seeking the best way to express himself. The artist’s practice is broad, both in subject and media, with the constant presence of existential lyricism and poetic content.

Joakim Allgulander lives and works in London.

Featured image: Joakim Allgulander – portrait, photo credits artattack

All images © Joakim Allgulander

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Dra åt Skogen - Rural AbstractionsOrion Contemporary with Fiumano ProjectsSolo
2016EditionsOrion Contemporary, LondonGroup
2015Down the Rabbit HoleGrace Belgravia, LondonSolo
2015Trust me, by Orion ContemporaryBohm and Cadogan, LondonGroup
201520/21 International Art FairRoyal College of ArtGroup
2015VårsalongenLiljevalchs konsthall, StockholmGroup
2015The Original Print FairRoyal Academy, LondonGroup
2015Nordic Contemporary ArtOrion Contemporary, LondonGroup
2014IntrudersAgardh-Tornvall Gallery, StockholmSolo
2014The Great SleepPS Gallery, GothenburgSolo
2014The Original Print FairRoyal Academy, LondonGroup
2014ART 14LondonGroup
2013To Conquer a UniverseThe Art Museum of Gotland, VisbySolo
2013I´ve got a feeling we´re not in Kansas anymoreKatarina Church, StockholmGroup
2013UnknownCGP Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Joakim AllgulanderKonst och Folk Gallery, StockholmSolo
2012UnknownMårtenson-Persson Gallery, BåstadGroup
2011Selected Swedish contemporary artistsSven-Harrys Art Museum, StockholmGroup
2011Power and LightAusstellungshalle Hawerkamp, Münster, GermanyGroup
2011UnknownHarrington Mill Studios, Nottingham, EnglandGroup
2011Fear!Vestfossen kunstlabratorie, NorwayGroup
2011Art Anglais Contemporary Art FairStockholmGroup
2011Supermarket Art FairStockholmGroup
2010Dunkers kulturhus 2010HelsingborgGroup
2010UnknownCandyland Gallery, StockholmGroup
2010UnknownGrafikens Hus, MariefredGroup
2010Art Anglais Contemporary FairStockholmGroup
2009TransformationBornholm and The Art Museum of GotlandGroup
2009Selected contemporary art from Sweden and FinnlandThe Art Museum of EskilstunaGroup
2008Exploring the MundaneIAC- Berlin gallery, BerlinSolo
2008Trust MeGallery 21, MalmöSolo
2008Stockholm Art FairSollentunaGroup
2007Utopia DeluxNacka Art Space, StockholmSolo
2007Utopia DeluxThe Art Museum of Gotland, VisbySolo
2005Joakim AllgulanderThe Artist´s House, StockholmSolo
2005UnknownNational Gallery, StockholmGroup
2005Feel MeLandskrona Art Center, Art Museum of Gotland, Konstens Hus, Luleå and The Art Space in Midlanda, SundsvallGroup
2002Joakim AllgulanderPS Gallery, GothenburgSolo
2001UnknownLiljevalchs konsthall, StockholmGroup
2000Joakim AllgulanderNacka Art Space, StockholmSolo
1997Joakim AllgulanderPS Gallery, GothenburgSolo
1996Joakim AllgulanderBergman Gallery, StockholmSolo
1995Joakim AllgulanderBergman Gallery, KarlstadSolo
1994UnknownOlle Olsson-museum, Hagalund, StockholmGroup