Johan Furåker – Untitled, 2017 – Line etching – Hahnemühle 350 gr. – 34 x 27 cm – Edition of 20
Printed & published by Printer’s Proof
Price per piece € 215 incl. Danish VAT
Johan Furåker’s work takes its starting point in life stories that seem stranger than life. To find his characters Furåker uses different sources. Encyclopaedias, popular culture or mass media can equally serve as the artist’s inspiration. When reconstructing his subjects’ life events Furåker is using the few remaining visual fragments to build a narrative that he presents as a suite of oils on canvas. Johan Furåker’s artistic practice becomes both the method and the means by which he reveals the lost fragments of his characters’ lifes to the public. Presenting his small-format canvases as objects, leaning against the wall rather than hanging on it, his paintings acquire the status of archaeological artefacts retrieved after the artist’s long process of visual excavation.
Johan Furåker’s line etching makes part of an extensive artistic research he dedicated to Countess Luisa Casati who used extravagance and excess trying to immortalize her own image. Casati’s efforts made her become the centre of artistic life in the early 20th century while she remains an important cultural icon also today.
Johan Furåker (b. 1978) is represented by Galleri Flach, Stockholm, Sweden.