After 20 years of living ‘rock ‘n roll’: singing, playing keyboard, and touring with Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Mick Ronson, and other prominent musicians, fifth-generation Swedish artist Johan Wahlstrom traveled to France where he did nothing but paint for seven years–some of those years under the tutelage of visual artist Lennart Nystrom.
Wahlstrom’s dark narrative paintings of heads and torsos in acrylic and ink are inspired by cryptic, often ironic, social critiques that he collects on scraps of paper in his studio. Wahlstrom’s graphic, neoexpressionist style is inspired by Jean DuBuffet, Paul Klee, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Since 1999, Johan Wahlstrom’s works have been displayed in galleries across Europe and the United States. In 2013 he was a highlighted artist at Fridge Art Fair. His works have served to inspire several books.