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Stefan Westling

Born in Vänersborg, Sweden.

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

I abandoned the easel early. It becomes static and limiting for me. I turn and turn on the panel or canvas and look for new ways in to find harmony or pleasant dissonance. It's like a wrestling match with the color, the shapes, the texture in the other ring corner. If I use canvas, it is unstretched, but I prefer to work on panel. I need the resistance from a hard surface. I mix traditional tools such as a brush and palette knife with less common ones such as spatulas, sponges and a drill.


My works often have a square format. It gives me a neutral starting point when I start building an image. It does not make it all easier in any way but I like the challenge. To start on a blank sheet, without associations.

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