Kavsjö, Stefan

Get to know Kavsjö, Stefan

Stefan Kavsjö paints the natural landscape in the moment of change. A kind of abstract impressionistic landscape that is not directly descriptive but concrete enough to experience the feeling of a natural landscape with its shifts. He works primarily in oil and masters layer painting, where layers upon layers of thin oil glazes and paint create visible depth and seductive shifts in light.

In Kullavik just south of Gothenburg, Stefan Kavsjö lives and works in his studio. Here next to the sea, the special light is a constant companion, whether it's a late summer evening or a midwinter day. The pursuit of the clouds across the sky and the ever-changing light is for Stefan the absolute strongest source of inspiration. Educated early at art school in Gothenburg, Stefan Kavsjö already had several successful exhibitions as a 23-year-old. But life took a different turn and he took a long break from painting, although creation has always followed Stefan in one form or another. Since a couple of years ago, he and the painting studio have been reunited with new energy. The living interior and exterior expanses carry an unimaginable source of inspiration that Stefan Kavsjö brings with him in the brushstrokes and the contrasting landscapes.

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HÄNDER PÅ GALLERI MELEFORS

BENGT LINDSTRÖM

10-24 FEBRUARY 2024

GALLERI MELEFORS, LINKÖPING

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UPCOMING: THE ARTS & ANTIQUES FAIR

7-10 MARCH 2024

STOCKHOLMSMÄSSAN, ÄLVSJÖ

PER JULIUS

JANUARY 2024

GALLERI MELEFORS, LINKÖPING

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STEFAN KAVSJÖ - A JOURNEY THROUGH INNER & OUTER LANDSCAPE

Stefan Kavsjö paints landscapes in the moment of change. An abstract impressionism that emphasizes the feeling of a natural landscape with its enigmatic shifts without being directly descriptive.

"It's about depicting an inner landscape rather than depicting nature - like memory pictures from the moment when you stop in wonder. It can't really be touched or accurately reproduced and the images are an effort to recreate that feeling.” - Stefan Kavsjö

MASSIVE CLOUDS & BEAUTIFUL LIGHT CHANGES

Stefan often wanders in the powerful natural landscape next to his home on the west coast. Powerful clouds and beautiful changes of light find their way subconsciously into the studio and the brush strokes. He doesn't choose the subjects - they come to him.

"It has happened that I walked past a place and suddenly recognized it from one of my paintings."

Working primarily in oil, he masters an unusual older technique known as layer painting, where layers upon layers of thin oil glazes and paint create visible depth and seductive shifts of light.

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SUBCONSCIOUS PROCESSES, CALMING CLOUDS & CELESTIAL CHANGES

“Once the painting is finished, I almost forget how I produced it. Just like the landscape outside, so too is the landscape inside. The moment has passed and somehow turned into a picture. There is no rational explanation. Even if I start from a sketch or a memory, I don't stand and think while I paint, but have to follow the flow and the right feeling to capture the mood of the moment."

- Stefan Kavsjö

CLASSIC LAYER PAINTING PROVIDES DEPTH, SHADES & LIGHT

Stefan works mainly in oil and masters an unusual older technique called layer painting. Layer upon layer of thin oil glazes, often up to 10 layers, create a visible depth and seductive light changes. When the light breaks through the layers of paint and oil, the effect is experienced as three-dimensional.

"I have to capture the drive and rhythm of the composition already in the first sketch. In a sense, therefore, it is a very strictly schooled process that I deal with. When I stand in front of the canvas, I have decided exactly what I want to do. Then the end result can still be something totally different." - Stefan Kavsjö