Johan Wahlström born 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden is one of today’s brightest artists who is making a conscious effort to describe the social political landscape of our contemporary world.
Johan Wahlström ́s ironic series Social Life gives a perfect sense both from a conceptual as a formal point of view of this estrangement. He is a magnificent observer of our social lifes.
He is a fifth-generation artist on his mother’s side. Though art was in his blood, his first creative direction was rock and roll, where he had a successful and long career as a keyboardist and singer, touring with Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Mick Ronson and many Scandinavian artists. After 18 years, the rock and roll life caught up with him.
Wahlström moved to a small village in France where he did nothing but paint for seven years, part of that time under the tutelage of Swedish artist, Lennart Nystrom. Wahlström’s dark narrative paintings of heads and torsos are inspired by cryptic, often ironic social critiques that he collects on scraps of paper in his studio. Wahlström lives and works in Jersey City, NJ, USA.
His works has been exhibited since 1998 across Europe and The USA.
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Art Versed, USA
Opulens Magazine, Sweden
TV4 National Television, Sweden
Wall Street International Magazine, UK
Art Fuse, USA
Art Voices, USA
Miami Times, USA
Bedford & Bowery, USA
Macura Museum, Serbia
Doron Klinghofer, AMBA, London, UK
David Brolliet Collection, Switzerland
Marie Taittinger Collection, Belgium/France
Eileen S Kaminsky Family Foundation, USA
Mana Contemporary Collection, USA
Fondazione Opera Campanda dei Caduti, Italy Spazio-Tempo Collection, Italy
Bell Of Peace Foundation, Italy
Mattias Jonsson Family Collection, Marbella, Spain
Liza Marklund Family Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Mona Sahlin Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Ivar Jacobsson Family Collection, Verbier, Switzerland
Georges Bergés Gallery, “Existential”, Group Exhibition New York, NY, USA, February, 2017
Gallery 128, “Red, Black & Blue, The First 100 Days”, Group Exhibition, New York, NY, USA, April 2017
Georges Bergés Gallery, Solo Exhibition, “Distorted Happiness” New York, NY, USA, June-July 2017
Petra Lossen Gallery,Group Exhibition, “Political Poetical” curated by Paco Barragan, Zurich, Switzerland. November-December 2017
Artists in the exhibition: Erwin Olaf, Santiago Sierra, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Nicola Verlato,
London Art Fair, Knight & Webb Gallery, London, UK, January 2016
WhiteBox NYC, “MakeAmericaGreatAgain”, New York, New York, USA, Group Exhibition, February 2016
BuBox, “Forever” curated by Gery Van Tendeloo and Jerome Jacobs, Kortrijk, Belgium, March-May 2016, Other artists in the show: Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Jake&Dinos Champman, Gavin Turk.
Castrum Peregrini, “Read My Lips” curated by Paco Barragán, Amsterdam, Holland,
Group Exhibition, April-June 2016.
Other artists in the show: Shepard Fairey, Nicola Verlato, Ronald Ophuis, Nedko Solakov and Kepa Garraza
Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, USA, "House Of Lies", Solo Exhibition, April-July 2016
WhiteBox NYC, “Let The Bidding Begin”/”Pay Per Inch” Performance by Johan Wahlström
May 31st, 2016, New York, New York, USA
Georges Bergés Gallery, New York, New York, USA, Group Exhibition, Summer 2016
MakeShift Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 60 Americans, Curated By Terrence Sanders,
WhiteBox NYC, New York, New York, USA, Act Of Sedition, Group Exhibition, Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes, October-November 2016
Centre Cultural Can Gruart, Girona, Spain, Group Exhibition, December 2014- January 2015
Coohaus Art Mora, New York, New York, USA, Group Exhibition, January 2015
"Human Rights", FONDAZIONE OPERA CAMPANA DEI CADUTI, Museum Group Exhibition, Rovereto, Trento, Italy, June-August, 2015
Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Group Exhibition, RKG Fourth Anniversary, July 2015