Ludvig Sjödin


Jackson's Painting Prize 2021
41 x 31 cm

“I begin with an idea for a painting, that then needs to be materialized in a reference picture. Thus, the painting can begin. I work from a limited palette containing alizarin crimson, ultramarine, burnt umber, cadmium yellow and titanium white. This gives me full control over my palette and has made the process smoother, letting the mind focus on what is warm/cool and light/dark. My main concern is how the colours work together to create a whole, resulting in a piece I am pleased with.

The subjects in the paintings often depict the environment people in the periphery lives in, the ones that refused to conform to the centralizing urban norm of society. I want to show that there is beauty in the smallest of things occurring in our lives. Life in the periphery lets one have other values than the myth of eternal growth and pose an alternative to the thought of urban life as the only right way. This painting has allegorical undertones at the same time as it shows an ordinary scene occurring in the home. When I was a child, the opening to the attic was an exciting occurrence with endless opportunities, much like Christian ascension.”