Johan Wahlström


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.

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Swedish “Value” Magazine Features Wahlstrom

Translation of the write-up:

“As the international art market is expands, so does the Swedish art market. Value has found 5 artists and galleries to keep an eye on right now:

Georges Bergès Gallery is one of the hottest galleries in the New York City Art Scene. The gallery shows work by Swedish artist, Johan Wahlstrom, who after 20 years as a musician-singer touring with rockstars, moved to a small village in France to focus on painting for seven years. Wahlstrom’s art is a mix of abstract with figurative details. His solo show at Georges Bergès Gallery in summer 2017 sold out. The works were large scale and included biting social commentary.”