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Swedish painter Fredrik Akum produces art that evokes feelings of idealistic dreams of hot summer days, with his wonderful images of bathers and islands. The paintings are inspired by his Polaroid pictures, and aims to capture the same nature of fleeting moments in time. The dream-like quality is achieved with a combination of his pastel and luminous colours and his method; allowing the paint and ink to mix and flow on it’s own by adding a lot of water, occasionally gaining a marbled quality.
Fredrick combines his skill in rendering the human figure with this “chance” method of painting in such a way that draws the viewer in, to inspect the combinations of colours and textures. My two personal favourites, Anna-Lotta and Teenage Wasteland are excellent examples of the almost romantic moments captured. Despite the uncontrollable way the paintings are executed, they have a very calming, relaxing quality that makes the viewer feel present in the scene. Almost as if they ARE the camera taking snap-shots of a lovely, summery dream.
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