TOMMY HILDING – Borealis, Music by Jens Patric Svensson

28.03 - 21.04 2024

We are pleased to welcome back Tommy Hiliding to the gallery with his exhibition, “Borealis.” The exhibition, named after the northern taiga forest belt that encircles the northern hemisphere, features 61 paintings exploring the forest environment, paying close attention to the intricate details. Adding to the experience, the exhibition includes a musical piece composed by Jens Patric Svensson, inspired by and in dialogue with Tommy’s series.

The exhibition is named Borealis after the northern taiga forest belt that runs around the northern hemisphere. During the pandemic, the forest became a place for reflection and recovery from the rampant reality around us. Although nature has been constantly present in Tommy Hilding’s life and art, this time the meeting became of greater importance. A suite of paintings in a consistent size and theme began to emerge. Paintings that explore the forest environment carefully and closely, with a fascination for detail and diversity. As visitors, we get to go on a walk that takes us further and further into a mysterious, distant world that exists in parallel, very close to our own.

Growing up in the mossy spruce forest in northern Skaraborg set the tone.
A forest to constantly return to. Quiet, safe, eternal.
In recent years, the forest has often become the destination for secluded walks.
New discoveries of details, rooms, perspectives and animated light.
The spring of fir needles and moss. A fending off of scattered branches at eye level.
– Tommy Hilding

Text: Galleri Magnus Karlsson

Tommy Hilding, b.1954 in Skagersvik, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Solo exhibitions in selection: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden (2019, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1998), Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden (2019, 2014, 2011, 2007, 2003), Örebro Konsthall, Sweden (2015), Oskarshamns Konsthall, Sweden (2012, 1999), Olle Nymans ateljéer, Saltsjö Duvnäs, Sweden (2012), Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (2008), ArtSpace, Raleigh, USA (2004), Rialto Center, Atlanta, USA (2004) and Embassy of Sweden, Washington, USA (2003). He is represented in Swedish collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Västerås Konstmuseum, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Stockholm City, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Kramfors, and The Public Art Agency Sweden.

Jens Patric Svensson is a talented musician and producer, in the past, Jens has collaborated artistically and musically with artists like Nathalia Edenmont, Carolina Falkholt, Ollio, and Faigh Ahmed. The composition for Borealis is based on the song “Utanmyra” by jazz musician Jan Johansson. This song has a strong connection to the Swedish environment, which was important for Jens to capture in order to complement Tommy’s paintings of the Swedish forest.

Jens’s recent releases include his latest album titled “Space in and Space out” under the alias Envelope Follower, which was released on March 9th of this year. He also operates “Enora Records”, a label that produces vinyl records featuring electronic music, as well as digital releases.

Pre-listen to the music here