By Graham Addinall for the Autumn Winter 2017 magazine
FASHION AND CLOTHES COME AND GO OVER THE SEASONS BUT THERE’S ALWAYS A PLACE IN OUR HEARTS FOR SOMETHING MORE LASTING AND THAT HAS A REAL MEANING TO IT. PLEASE MEET OUR FAVORITE DANISH ARTIST KRISTIAN VODDER SVENSSON …
The real world can be quite a challenge sometimes. Many of us live in big cities with demanding jobs and lives that involve juggling many different roles, so it’s maybe no surprise that escapism is a strong phenomenon these days, be it in the form of films, music, video games or virtual reality. Art has often explored the subject of other worlds and dreams – from the romanticism of classical mythological paintings to the twisted reality of surrealism – and Danish painter Kristian Vodder Svensson continues this tradition in a striking and original way.
Using sometimes huge canvasses, Kristian paints otherworldly landscapes – like huge floating islands, sometimes anchored with ropes or creepers, inhabited by a whole army of characters from ballerinas and children to lions and stags.
There are references to the cut-out silhouette art of the eighteenth century, but also to painted hanging scrolls from China (maybe unsurprising as Kristian spend a few years teaching English in that country). But, making sure that we also re- late to these fantasies, there’s a strong element of street art and graffiti, which makes the painting totally contemporary. Indeed Kristian has recently been working on small scale paintings on skateboards, literally bringing art to the streets.
We have a very busy studio and office at Bruun & Stengade and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the fashion world, so it’s no coincidence that we have three huge paintings by Kristian in our workspace. When it all gets a bit too chaotic, it’s great to go in and have a quiet moment sat under those big canvases and wonder just how the hell we can go spend a couple of days on those dreamy islands …
KRISTIAN VODDER SVENSSON