Swedish painter Sebastian Falk
Swedish painter Sebastian Falk is from a small village in the Swedish countryside called Åtvidaberg. He is now based in Stockholm together with his fiancé, but still spends a lot of time in the countryside, and that is also where he always goes to paint.
How and when did you decide to follow your path as an artist?
It was the works of Franz Kline that got me into painting. His paintings are amazing, like crazy jazz, I love it. There is a clip on YouTube where they play wild jazz music to paintings by Franz Kline and I can really recommend that, it really open up his work.
Did you have any training or are you self-taught?
I am self-taught. If I was going to get training I would like to learn sculpturing.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
I get inspiration from all kinds of things, but not so much other artists. It can be great literature, great music and great film.
Haruki Murakami is a big inspiration and I have named a lot of my paintings after his books.
What are you most known for?
I’m not really sure. But the way I work is a bit unusual. It started at the house in the countryside where I paint and I was really stuck. I had a blank big white canvas and a bucket of black paint. Just sitting and starring at the canvas it just came to me. I dragged the canvas outdoors and placed the canvas under the highest window of the house. Went up to the third floor and dropped the paint on the canvas. The impact was very powerful and the movement in the painting was amazing.
What has been your most memorable moment in life?
That is very difficult. A lot of great memorable things happen all the time.
What is your favourite art gallery?
Haven’t really got attached to any galleries but my favourite museums are Louisiana in Humlebeak, Denmark, and Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain.
What artist of the past would you most like to meet?
I think a painter I would have a lot in common with is Mark Rothko. He strikes me as an intelligent person with a dark sense of humour.
If you weren´t an artist, what other profession would you be in?
If I were to pursue something that I have not had time for its music. I absolutely love music and I would like to write music for films.
How do you define beauty?
That is a really big question. I am a very scientific person so whatever I say in this matter it is going to sound very boring for most people.
What motto do you live by?
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe’s motto will do nicely for me ”Less is More”.
In my art I really try to reduce a lot of ”water” to make the ”sauce” stronger and "tastier" if that makes any sense for a metaphor.
Where can we next see your work?
Not really sure, I am in communication with a few galleries to try to find the right spot for an exhibition. But my fiancé and me are featured in the October Issue of Plaza Interior right now where people can se some of my work. I also think Instagram is a great and modern way of reaching out to people.