söndag 11 november 2018

Fantasy Art by Robert Svensson (1963-2016)

Above we see "Niagara Jaguar" by Robert Svensson. Robert was my brother and he was an artist. Obituary in this post. -- In this post I will show some fantasy art by the man. -- [Dödsruna på svenska över Robert här.]

A dream...

I am visiting my brother Robert in Uppsala. It’s a kind of dorm house, many people sharing it. They point down a meadow or lawn, go there they say, the door over there goes to Rob’s room. So I go down this slope, greensward in the sun and a door ahead, nice to meet your brother...

The next scene I’m in the room and there’s a complete change of atmosphere. The room is empty, it isn’t even a room, just an empty space of scaffolding. Dark skies all around. It all says “empty, nobody home” like nothing on earth. Bringing this message home: “Your brother is dead, you can’t visit him anymore, now you can’t go to Uppsala and see him.”

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Empty room, empty scaffolding... It’s over. He’s gone. And then the cataclysm and then the ice age.

OK. I don’t believe in either ice age or whatever major menace ahead. But sometimes you have to acknowledge a somber mood visiting you. “Don’t say it’s rosy when it isn’t.”

“The sun goes down”... this is a moody piece by Phil Lynott. The last Thin Lizzy single. And I always come to think of Robert now when hearing it.

Rob was an artist and he left a lot of paintings behind. So, in a way, he’s still with us. He died relatively young, at 52.

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He left paintings behind and now I will show some. The theme is "fantasy art". All of them are oil paintings; some are on canvas, some on masonite. Some rather big, some smaller. First some works with discernible motives, then some abstract ones. Finally, some photos of the man himself.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Future City.

Detail of 'Future City'.

Detail of 'Future City'.

Head Planet. [We see a planet in the shape of a head.]

Detail of 'Head Planet,' used on the blog to illustrate this story.


Tower on Aqueduct.

Dream Cats.

Primordial Planet.

Venturing Out. [In Swedish, "Utfärd".]

Shapes of Things to Come.

Explosion in Color Factory.

Sentimental Sun.

Detail of 'Sentimental Sun'.

Detail of 'Sentimental Sun'.

Time Tunnel.

Shape and Color.

Detail of 'Shape and Color'.

Detail of 'Shape and Color'.

Detail of 'Shape and Color'.

Rob (left) and me LS, Venice 1976.

Rob in his studio, 1996.

Rob sketching, somewhere in central Scandinavia in the 00s.

Obituary in English
Dödsruna på svenska över Robert
Retrospektiven i Sundsvall 2017

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