A year and a half has passed in the pandemic. A strange time for most people – a time when the world has shrunken and closed down. For some this has been extra noticeable.
For us it has meant the opportunity to make this website – the official homepage and online gallery of Claes Eklundh. For CE, the pandemic led to a year of almost total isolation.
How does it affect life as an artist when you are forced to isolate yourself for a long time. Has it been harder or easier to paint during a period of total isolation? Not to be influenced by external factors but only one´s inner self. Can any of this be traced in Claes Eklundh’s latest works?
Below are some of the corona-works by CE.
”To talk about such an intense period while standing in the middle of it, is not only difficult and deceptive, it would risk, I think, to undermine the power of the volcanic eruption. Like the lava on the slope of the volcano, the color in the paintings is not the result of an intellectual effort or desire. It’s not something the artist knows anything about, neither in advanced nor at a few miles distance. And least of all, when it happens.”CLAES EKLUNDH