Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo)

Autumn Equinox: Collective Visions in Abstraction and Figuration

September 21 - October 11, 2018

Reception: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6-8 PM

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Acrylic, pens and spray paint are the weapons of choice for Swedish artist Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo) as he fights the traditional rules of painting. Using these mediums allows him to produce work that is fast, yet precise. Then, by improvising with objects that happen to be laying around, he uses these ‘tools’ to add movement to the initial layers of his paintings. Water and window cleaning liquid, for instance, help to blend his colors into one another, as he lets his brush be guided by his intuition. This offbeat technique creates the texture seen in Epic Diem and the 3D layering that comprises A Bias Indemnity. His various ideas ー inspired by current events, art, movies, music, books and mythology ー reveal themselves, layer by layer, as the viewer unpacks his paintings.

After studying art and photography in Sweden, Finland and the UK, Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo) moved back home to Stockholm, where he now works as an artist full time. el bastardo’s paintings have sold to world-renowned composer, Kaija Saariaho, and the Finnish restaurateur, Ilja Björs.

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Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo)

Autumn Equinox: Collective Visions in Abstraction and Figuration

September 21 - October 11, 2018

Reception: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6-8 PM

India's Daughter
India's Daughter

Acrylic & spraypaint on canvas
31.5" x 24"

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Acrylic, pens and spray paint are the weapons of choice for Swedish artist Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo) as he fights the traditional rules of painting. Using these mediums allows him to produce work that is fast, yet precise. Then, by improvising with objects that happen to be laying around, he uses these ‘tools’ to add movement to the initial layers of his paintings. Water and window cleaning liquid, for instance, help to blend his colors into one another, as he lets his brush be guided by his intuition. This offbeat technique creates the texture seen in Epic Diem and the 3D layering that comprises A Bias Indemnity. His various ideas ー inspired by current events, art, movies, music, books and mythology ー reveal themselves, layer by layer, as the viewer unpacks his paintings.

After studying art and photography in Sweden, Finland and the UK, Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo) moved back home to Stockholm, where he now works as an artist full time. el bastardo’s paintings have sold to world-renowned composer, Kaija Saariaho, and the Finnish restaurateur, Ilja Björs.

India's Daughter
India's Daughter
A Bias Indemnity
A Bias Indemnity
Biding Ophidian
Biding Ophidian
Epic Diem
Epic Diem
Insolation
Insolation
Lilith
Lilith
Mister Unadvised
Mister Unadvised
New/Clear - The Taming of the North Wind
New/Clear - The Taming of the North Wind
Omnious Omen
Omnious Omen
Veracious Scion
Veracious Scion
Women Against Terrorism
Women Against Terrorism
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View Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo)'s Past Exhibitions

Autumn Equinox: Collective Visions in Abstraction and Figuration | September 21 - October 11, 2018

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas
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