Elisabeth Daunelius is a self-taught Swedish artist.
Started from absolutely scratch 2017-2018, after leaving a long and intense working life. I am educating myself ever since.
I am especially interested in human psychology and the way we conduct ourselves. Difficult and inaccessible issues have their own dynamic and are worth examining. Therefore I keep an open mind for different kinds of expression. Inspired by Diebenkorn, Rothko, Picasso, Hodgkin, Frankenthaler, Matisse among the more famous artists.
November: Luxembourg art fair, Luxembourg
October: Florence Biennale 2021, Florence, Italy
September: M.A.D.s Milano and Fuerteventura during fashion week , Italy and Spain
august: A musical piece written by margin alexander and performed in Concert, Harmony of colors. Performed on Manhattan August 21, 2021, USA
July: M.A.D.S. Milano and Fuerteventura, Italy and Spain
2nd place golden time talent international festival (winter roof) GT26-2503-1793
2nd place golden time talent international festival (mountains) GT26-6120-1771
2nd place golden time talent international festival (water) GT26-9759-7825
Hello Elisabeth! You’ve started doing art in 2017, after leaving a long and intense working life, as you say?
What made you make this transition? Did you have a light bulb moment, or is it something else?
Elisabeth: The urge to express myself with my hands has been a reality since early childhood. However, I considered myself not able to draw or paint and have therefore never tried. Instead, I have enjoyed the art of others and tried to support those who can. In connection with a managerial assignment, I spent a night in a hotel and as usual, I was browsing for art online. An artist, who offered distance education, showed up. I sent him an email explaining that I never drawn, never painted, but wanted to. He thought we should give it a try. We started from the very beginning – “take a piece of paper, buy a brush and some nice colors”. And so I did.
After recent breast cancer treatment, advanced glaucoma in one eye, and entering life as retired, I can now devote myself to painting.
You say you are Inspired by Diebenkorn, Rothko, Picasso, Hodgkin, Frankenthaler, Matisse among the more famous artists. What is it that you love about these artists, and how do they inspire your work?
Elisabeth: Their skills, courage, and ability to express themselves in their different kind of styles.
For instance, Diebenkorn’s exquisite minimalistic colors, Rothko’s extraordinary way of handling
colors. Handling of subject, paint, and colors is extraordinary. You can lose yourself in their paintings.
What motivates you as an artist? Is it curiosity, the search for beauty or meaning?
Elisabeth: As I worked my entire life dealing with difficult issues concerning people, I am fascinated by
the way we conduct ourselves, inwards och outwards. Difficult issues have their own dynamic and are worth examining. When the subject is “wrong”, the substrate is “wrong”, the medium is”wrong” and the technique is "wrong" – what happens then? How far can I go without falling into my own prejudices about what is “right”? When do my own limitations apply? How do these express themselves and what happens when I learn new things and get past them?
These questions drive me. In ordinary life as well as in painting. Like the child, I can put what is most important to me in the center and reduce what I do not find interesting. I can become obsessed with calculating angles and shapes without bothering about the interaction between them. I sometimes want to abstract until it remains only for the viewer to put their meaning into the picture. I find it interesting to “ruin” a picture in order to challenge myself and see what became instead. Lines, shapes, color, composition, and texture are important elements, but the Process, the interaction between my hands, brain, and all that being me – THAT is the creation. I am part of the creative process but perhaps the most fascinating of all is that the viewer becomes part of the creation. The courage and the strength to dare and to get through is central to me. Finding a solution and contributing to something that is difficult.
Which artwork are you most proud of, if you could choose one?
Elisabeth: I am fond of my “changelings”, ink on a hard surface. “Conditions” from 2019 was fun. Watercolor
and coal on Canvas.
How do you go about selecting topics to make?
Elisabeth: It varies a great deal. Sometimes I have an idea (subject or material I would like to try), that I ponder upon for a very long time. Sometimes, but more seldom, I just start and see where it leads me. Sometimes I start, stop, wait, wait a bit longer, and then continue.
What aspect of your job never ceases to give you butterflies or make you excited?
Elisabeth: There is a moment in every painting where I mentally peak and can see no further progression. That is the moment that decides what I do next. Go on, take a break, cast it aside.
What do you feel most grateful for about your career, in its current state?
Elisabeth: Without a doubt the world that has opened itself, the insights I make about myself, the craft, the community, the cameradery among artists.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Elisabeth: Composer Margin Alexander was inspired by one of my paintings and wrote a musical piece. This was performed in concert (Harmony of Colors) at Manhattan in august-21. Asked by the founder of Florence Biennale to exhibit at the 13th Florence Biennale.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Elisabeth: Interview 123 Art magazine
Nov/Dec -21 Rome International Art Fair
Dec 21-Jan 22 Venice International Art Fair
Feb-22 Luxembourg Art Fair
Oct-22 Carrousel de Louvre
In 2022 Helios. World Exhibition I Greece
What’s next on the horizon for Elisabeth?
Elisabeth: Keep learning, experiencing, develop.
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