Today we’d like to introduce you to Helena Gullstrom.
Helena, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, I was born and raised in a small town in the western part of Sweden. I wanted to be an artist since I was about six years old. I was quite shy, and drawing was something that I was pretty good at. I remember a girl that liked my drawing of a horse, and she said, that if I didn’t give it to her or make her another one, she’d pull my braids. I gave it to her, because I was shy, non-confrontational and because I was flattered. Maybe that’s how it all started.
I kept on drawing and painting, and although I decided on not going to art school in Sweden, I kept at it. I was young and wanted to have fun and decided at 20 years old to go to Los Angeles for a vacation. Some 20 years later, I’m still here.
I know my early life in Sweden influences my art. I use colors that evoke a Swedish sense of melancholy, the importance of light and introspection. I’ve come to realize that if you have an artist’s brain, you don’t really have a choice if you are going to make art. I don’t feel right if I go too long without creating. It feels like I’m missing out by not making the ideas that come up.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make abstract and figurative expressionist paintings and sculptures. I usually start out with an underpainting in acrylic and sometimes add paper for texture, then I paint with oil, oil bars, and oil pastel. My sculptures are made of a combo of concrete and metals.
I don’t do cool or trends. I hope to emotionally connect with the viewer through my art, and it’s the best feeling in the world when they do.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Just keep at it. I feel like I don’t really have a choice. I will always create art. For me, the hardest has been to get the time to create as well as finding time to go to gallery openings, etc.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find out where I’m exhibiting on my website: www.helenagullstrom.com or find me on instagram/helenagullstrom. I also sell on www.saatchiart.com/helenagullstrom
- Website: www.helenagullstrom.com
- Phone: 3109991026
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram/helenagullstrom
- Facebook: facebook.com/helenagullstromart
- Other: www.saatchiart.com/helenagullstrom