The Seer, 2006; Oil paint on wood, 32 x 26cm

Katarina Forss

The Seer, 2006; Oil paint on wood, 32 x 26cm

2007 / Artists

Katarina Forss

b. 1971 Malmö, Sweden

2003–2006 PGDip Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools, London
1997–2000 BA [hons] Fine Art, Falmouth College of Arts

Previous Exhibitions:
2007 Galerie Smits, Amsterdam
2007 Anticipation, One One One, London
2007 Seeking Tacit Utopias, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2005 Baroque Rocks, Espace Brochage Express, Paris
2005 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2005 Premiums, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 New Ashgate Farnham
2003 Galleri Final, Malmö, Sweden

Awards:
2006 The Keepers Prize, Royal Academy Schools Show, London
2005 The Vincent Harris Award, Premiums, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 The British Institution Award, Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Collections:
Ernst & Young, Galleri Final, Malmö Konstforening, Private collections in UK, Italy, Sweden and USA.

Selectors' Comments:
Sumptuous almost edible handling, a bit like Luc Tuymans interpreted by a cake maker. Virtuoso 'done in one go' stuff. The sorry little loudhailer man looks like he's run out of things to say, so the painting seems very quiet from a pictorial point of view. But the paint seems to take over the image, making it 'noisy' in a more physical, material way.

Artist's Statement:
My work is about blurring the line between the real and imagined. I source films and photographs, which are edited and translated into paint. Through my brushwork and use of colour, I aim to create a sense of suppressed tension in the paintings, describing scenes that are seductive and enigmatic, as well as strange or sinister.