Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Antikmässan Lydmar

NATALIA MIKKOLA Lydmar Feb 12

February 12 – April 24, Lydmar and Galleri Duerr proudly present Natalia Mikkola’s solo exhibition ”Images and Identity”.

Natalia Mikkola has a flair for the sensual and mystical. Weekend excursions with her grandmother, an avid art expert, laid the groundwork for her artistic expression. 

Natalia Mikkola has never been interested in pure documentation. Her camera lens blurs the boundaries between realism and fantasy. Subtle color palettes are recurrent themes, landscapes and the misty gray monocromatic shades evident, as in Karelia and Victoria Falls. In other works, such as “Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland” a graphic landscape slowly evolves.

Noted art collectors and art experts throughout Europe have picked up artwork of Natalia Mikkola – 165 x 110 cm fine art chromogenic prints mounted on plexiglas.

Natalia Mikkola is also one of our exhibitors at the highly rated Nordic Antiques Fair, ANTIKMÄSSAN, February 18-21.

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Kapoth King of f-ing everything Galleri Duerr Najdron Gallery

KAPOTH King of F-ing Everything Feb 4 – Mar 20

At Kapoth´s most recent exhibition, twelve of the eighteen paintings shown were already spoken for by the end of the vernissage. Another piece had to be removed for safekeeping after an attempted stealth – a larger version of a piece he anonymously posted to the head of Liljevalchs, who had it framed and hung on his office wall.

Galleri Duerr in cooperation with Najdron Gallery proudly present Kapoth,
“The King of F-ing Everything”.

OPEN HOURS WITH STORYTELLING
FEBRUARY 4 – MARCH 20
WED–THURS 12–20 FRI–SAT 12–16
OR BY APPOINTMENT – LOTTE@GALLERIDUERR.COM
NAJDRON GALLERY, VANADISVÄGEN 29

Kapoth is also one of Galleri Duerr´s exhibitors at the highly rated Nordic Antiques Fair, Antikmässan, February 17-21.

Kapoth Galleri Duerr

In the head of Kapoth

Liljevalchs Vårsalong 2014 chose two paintings of Samir Soudah – highlighted in the publications Svenska Dagbladet, Metro and GRIP. Mårten Castenfors, head of Liljevalchs, presented Samir Soudah´s works as a prime example of what Liljevalchs Vårsalong really stands for in an interview for Swedish television, SVT.

At Samir Soudah’s most recent exhibition twelve of the eighteen paintings shown were sold during the Vernissage and a piece hanging at Brillo had to be removed for safekeeping after an attempted stealth – a larger version of a piece he anonymously posted to Mårten Castenfors, who had it framed and hung on his office wall.

Samir Soudah´s path into the creative arena went by way of running a finger over the telephone directory’s yellow pages, the one with cover art by Dan Wolgers, stopping when arriving at “photographer”. Samir Soudah learned the art of photography by working as an apprentice to contemporary photographer Lars Tunbjörk, of which Samir has a signed image. He has also worked as an assistant to Åke E:son Lindman, one of Europe’s foremost architectural photographers, and photographer Jonas Karlsson, who currently works with Vanity Fair in New York.

As a counterweight to his photography assignments, Samir Soudah decided four years ago to move into painting, rather than fine art photography, simply because paintings are not possible to reproduce. In contrast to his corporate photo work, Samir’s paintings depict chaos.

Kapoth Galleri DuerrRecently Samir Soudah created an acclaimed installation on the highest point of Lidingö bridge, consisting of a chair, a table and a lamp – all safely tied together. Climbing with everything wrapped in one neat package, he documented each step along the way. Quite a contrast to family life after a full days work and helping out with the children’s homework and soccer practice.

Upon seeing one of Samir Soudah’s photos of the flag he had placed on the pinnacle of the bridge bearing his pseudonym “k-a-p-o-t-h”, I became curious about his background. His father fled from Palestine. While working with a Swedish industrial company he met Samir Soudah´s mother in the Orient when she was working with the Swedish Foreign Ministry. The family later lived in Spain and Mexico, finally settling down in Samir Soudah´s mother’s homeland.

Once in the Swedish school system, Samir Soudah´s speculations revolved around how to successfully blend in, already speaking three different languages and constantly pointing at the map to where he had been, in a class where only one had traveled abroad.Kapoth Galleri Duerr

While the rest of the family enjoys a holiday on the beach, Samir Soudah prefers to spend his time taking photographs or painting, sometimes even on old doors or found sheets of steel. He once even wrote an article for the magazine “Land Rover” during one of his road trips in his infamous jeep – the same jeep that his neighbors often witness him tinkering away with. In his “man cave” on Roslagsgatan, in stark contrast to the family home in one of the better areas of Lidingö, he will gladly spend his evenings painting with a glass or two of red wine by his side.

On Wednesday, November 25 at 5-8 pm, we are continuing our tradition of “Christmas Each Day” with an After Work Art Talk in Samir Soudah’s studio on Roslagsgatan. We strongly recommend that you do not miss the opening!

RSVP at the latest by November 24 to lotte@galleriduerr.com

Galleri Duerr will also show some of Kapoths smaller works in cooperation with the Affordable Art Fair at HTH on Kungsgatan 57, December 11 at 10 am – 7 pm and Saturday December 12 at 11 am – 6 pm in the aim of making art for this year’s Christmas gift.

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr No18 Stockholm

Christmas Each Day starts in Berlin

This past Christmas, Gallery Duerr made a guest appearance on Hornsgatspuckeln in a building from the 1640s. This year we plan on recreating this much appreciated event on what is most probably the oldest street in Stockholm, Köpmangatan, mentioned already in 1325. The street opened directly onto the medieval markets. Since 1837, known as Stortorgets Julmarknad. In the heart of Gamla Stan, today’s Christmas Market has since 1915 managed to retain the high quality of Swedish handicrafts and delicacies from all corners of Sweden. The Christmas market always opens on the last Saturday in November, the same day on which the the annual scholarship “For excellent art, and efforts to encourage a culture-friendly environment” is awarded. A large number of the city’s artistic adornments – portals and sculptures – has been made possible simply by virtue of various scholarships and cultural subsidies. A much appreciated event during the holidays is a live Christmas Calendar. Each day, from December 1 to Christmas Eve, a window will open somewhere in Gamla Stan, with both known and unknown artists performing with a music, a song, a poem or even a story.

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At the Affordable Art Fair 2015.

At Köpmangatan 22 we will open with the collective exhibition “Christmas Each Day”. An exhibition that will constantly change based on what our visitors go home with. Our ambition is that this year’s Christmas gift becomes art – whether it ends up in a wrapped package or stays in the heart of the person who could not resist stopping at our window. But before we open in Gamla Stan, we are making a stop in the infamous Borchardt private rooms in Berlin, representing one of our artists, photographer Natalia Mikkola. After all, it is here in Germany that the Christmas tree once originated. Berlin has more than any other city demonstrated that the universal language of art creates a more lasting foundation for interpersonal relationships.

The surplus from all sales at all of our exhibitions is reinvested in our work towards our participation at Almedalen, where we are working to highlight positive role models in art and culture as a counterweight to how the younger generation is often portrayed in today’s gaming world, an activity dominating more and more of our children and young people’s leisure time.

“Christmas Each Day” takes place

Köpmangatan 22
November 21 – December 13
Tuesday – Sunday 12 am – 6 pm. 

Wednesday December 9 open to 8 pm!
Participating Natalia Mikkola, Alannah Robins, Nuno Perestrelo, Barbara Bunke, Matt Miley, David Eisenhauer, Lina L. Baker and Kapoth.

Roslagsgatan, November 25 at 5 – 8 pm in the Studio Soudah
RSVP Nov 24 to lotte(at)galleriduerr.com

Skeppargatan, December 2 at 5-8 pm in David Eisenhauer´s studio
RSVP Dec 1 to lotte(at)galleriduerr.com

Kungsgatan 57, December 11 at 10 am – 7 pm
Saturday December 12 at 11 am – 6 pm
At HTLin cooperation with the Affordable Art Fair, Galleri Duerr is showing some of our smaller pieces in the aim of making art for this year’s Christmas gift. Kapoth, Barbara Bunke, Lina L. Baker, David Eisenhauer.

Lina L Baker Galleri Duerr Lydmar Stockholm 2015

Don´t feed the Animals

Lina L. Baker Don´t feed the animals no 6 Galleri Duerr Lydmar 2015Lina L Bakers exhibition “Don´t feed the animals” continues until November 15. Lina L Baker Don´t feed the animals no 8 Galleri Duerr Lydmar Affordable Art Fair 2015

Galleri Duerr, in cooperation with Lydmar, highlights powerful female role models as a counterweight to how girls are often portrayed in the gaming culture that increasingly dominates our young people’s leisure time. A percentage of the sales will be reinvested in Galleri Duerr’s and 1.6 och 2.6 Miljonerklubbens work for highlighting these issues in Almedalen 2016.

Lydmar and Galleri Duerr proudly present Lina L. Baker’s first solo exhibition ”Don’t Feed the Animals”. This presentation marks the first time these works are shown as a complete series (12 images).

In the series “Don’t Feed the Animals” Lina questions identity – seen not only through the eyes of a child. Lina’s work is influenced by a cartoon drawing of animals all vying for the attention of the headmaster judging their individual merits based on who can climb the tree fastest. Another crucial influence is turn of the century photographic portraits of children in various tones of black and white – postcards sent from Brussels, France and Germany. These miniature documentations of posing children in a strictly controlled environment form the basis of Lina’s work with pencil, coal, ink and aquarelle.

“Children are wide open for exposure – in school, among their peer groups and within the family. Children need to be children, feeling secure not only in their parents’ love. Today we constantly live with a bad conscience because we feel we do not do enough, when all they really need from us is to spend time with them and to give them confidence to face the world on their own”
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Please contact lotte@galleriduerr.com  – if you would like a private storytelling of Linas exhibition

David Eisenhauer Galleri Duerr

Let art in AAF October 1-4

Galleri Duerr proudly presents seven contemporary artists spanning five cultures and three generations working in different art forms at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm.

Irish contemporary artist Alannah Robins’ work revolves around themes of identity, memory, migration and man’s relationship with nature. Her work “Woman of Water” is ranked by “The Guardian” to be one of the top eight sculptures of the female figure in England. Art Talk Thursday October 1 at 1.30 pm in Galleri Duerr´s booth C8, together with photographer Natalia Mikkola. Also at Saturday 1.30 and 3.30 pm.

Natalia Mikkola, painting with her camera lens, creates mystical landscapes which blurr the boundaries between the real and the imagined – already acquired by well-known collectors throughout Europe. Crimea/Åland/Finland/Sweden. 

Didier Mazuru strives to portray the sensation of an emotional connection rather than a direct and concrete idea. France/Sweden. Art Talk Friday October 2 at 3 pm. 

Matt Miley´s work is a reflection of his journey to find a higher awareness of his “moment to moment” experiences. USA/Sweden. Art Talk Friday October 2 at 5 pm.

David Eisenhauer, always on the lookout for new ideas and materials to explore. His career has concentrated on the sculptural and relatively small-scale possibilities of a number of ‘additive’ construction methods, where the elements of play,  trial and error are exploited – along with the sometimes positive surprises of pure chance. USA/Sweden (artwork on top).

Lina L Baker questions identity with her series “Don’t Feed the Animals” – seen not only through the eyes of the child, but maybe, and even more so, of the parent and other adults.  Also showing at Lydmar. Sweden. Art Talk Saturday October 3 at 4.30 pm.

Debora House´s  work is an act of meditation in motion, from moment to moment as she continuously strives to see the colours and forms as they materialize in front of her. USA/ Sweden.

Welcome to the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm October 1-4. We would love to see you in our booth C8! Download your ticket. On our guestlist? Check your latest MailChimp from Galleri Duerr.

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr No18

Natalia Mikkola – Shades of Mysticism

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015

Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland I

Sylt Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015

Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland II

“I am not interested in straightforward documentation, but instead strive to convey a specific feeling and mood.”

Photographer Natalia Mikkola paints with her camera lens – exploring exotic places, creating mystical scenes blurring the boundaries between the real and the imagined. In “Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland”, a graphic landscape slowly evolves right before your eyes.

Stark images of Iceland, Karelia, Victoria Falls in Zimbawe and South Africa’s magnificent wildlife are proof that Natalia Mikkola does not merely document. She does not retouch her images. Working instead with technical sophistication and montage, she varnishes her works with a magical sense of the sensual and mythical. From quite different areas of the world, such as London and Milan, come her series “Images and Identity”.

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015

Images and Identity, Iceland

Natalia Mikkola grew up on the Crimean peninsula in the Ukraine. It was here at weekend excursions with her grandmother, an avid art expert, along with a multitude of visits to Vorontsov Palace, summer residence and park of the royal family, laid the groundwork for where she is today.

Shortly after her arrival to Åland 20 years ago, Natalia studied fine art at Ålands Folkhögskola where she was free to experiment within various media. Before finding her own photographic expression she filled her days with studies in the field of economics – business administration and logistics – while also finding the time to study maritime and transport law. Natalia’s general studies in fine art sowed a seed that could not be prevented from germinating, neither by mercantile skills nor family duties. Natalia Mikkola returned therefore in 2011 to Ålands Folkhögskola to study nature photography.

Her work has already been picked up by noted art collectors and she will exhibit in Berlin in October, at a well-known exhibition space. In Stockholm she has exhibited with CVB Art, whose owner and director Catarina von Baumgarten’s extensive fine arts background extends as far as Bukowskis. Natalia has also shown her work at Grand Relations/No 18, the Art and Antique Fair in Helsingborg, the Åland Museum of Art and Gallery Skarpans in Mariehamn, with solo exhibitions at the Åland Maritime Museum and the Mariehamn City Library. Her Fine Art prints are produced at a renowned studio in Dusseldorf.

Kajanaland, No Man's Land I.

Kajanaland, No Man’s Land VII

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015

Images and Identity

Natalia Mikkola is one of Galleri Duerr’s exhibitors at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm October 1-4. Do not miss her Behind the Scenes Art Talk  together with contemporary Irish artist Alannan Robins – whose five meter tall wooden sculpture, ”Woman of the Water” has been ranked by The Guardian as one of the top eight sculptures of the female figure in England – Thursday, October 1 at 1.30 pm in Galleri Duerr´s booth nr. C8. See our other artists as well during the fair.

Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2015

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