These portraits are of friends, inspiring personalities and people in high places.
The subjects are stripped from all earthly possessions to reveal their soul in settings that freely quote art classics and other masterpieces.
The paintings are oil and 23K gold leaf on canvas.
“Leena Saarinen” – oil and 23K gold leaf on 160×220 cm canvas, 2022.
I have always been inspired by this hugely successful Finnish business leader – and especially her bravery and ability to re-invent herself.
The composition is inspired by “Leda and the swan” painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1601.
“Justice Needs Wild Riders” – oil on 180×180 cm canvas, 2022.
We always need people who are ready to charge forward and fight for us all.
The painting was inspired by two horses: Napoleon´s “Marengo” and Pippi Longstoking´s “Lilla Gubben”.
“Eternal Love” – oil and 23K gold leaf on 150×220 cm canvas, 2022.
We have a built in desire to always look our best – even if we are always looking at death in the mirror. The anonymous subject is shown with her loved dog.
The composition is inspired by the “Rokeby Venus” painted by Diego Velazquez in 1647-51.
“Trust” – oil on 140×220 cm canvas, 2022.
Trust is a two-way street. If trust gets beaten, you get eaten.
The painting was inspired by Helmut Newton´s “Crocodile Eating Ballerina” photograph from 1983.