Monday, March 14, 2011

A Work of Art










As a child, the painter Tove Mauritzson lived in the Swedish countryside outside Malmรถ before her family moved to a village on the coast. As an adult, she lived in big cities like Stockholm and Edinburgh, but when her art studies were completed it was to southern Sweden, with its memories of an idyllic and free childhood, that she returned. Eventually she settled into a large apartment in Svarta with the light and space she sought as an artist. The building is one of a series of austere and minimalist two-storey townhouses designed by the Danish architectural firm Vandkunsten, but inside Tove's home the mood is anything but severe, with its cheerful flea market finds, family heirlooms (including a stuffed owl that appears in a painting by Tove Mauritz's grandmother) and of course her brilliantly coloured art. Filling each room with colour and personality, her paintings also reflect her surroundings — the china dogs in the bedrooms appear in several of Tove's works, while a woven fabric with British equestrian motifs used on chairs around her home decorates lamp shades and furniture in painted form too. Animals also play a big part in her life — Tove's dogs Lulu and Signe keep her company when she paints (and serve as models, too). Now, as she awaits the birth of her first child, she continues to paint these themes but says that she now plans to paint people, too — Tove wants to do a family portrait when the baby is born. More here on mixr.se.


(photography by Sara Svenningsrud)

9 comments :

Lily Delphine Sanders said...

that interior design is sick and so unique! Love all the artwork

www.lilydelphine.blogspot.com

Elena said...

Georgeous! i love it, thank you for sharing it.
elena

Frank Zweegers said...

Beautiful interiors!

esmecelene said...

such a inspiration! :)

xox celene

SAMI. said...

love the dogs and how colorful each of the paintings are! just found your blog, love it!

xo
sami

SisterBatik said...

Marvelous interior! I love color and eclectidm which also inspires my work. Great blog!

LMP said...

Her paintings are absolutely amazing! Do you know where her artwork can be purchased or if it is featured in a gallery somewhere? I would love to know!

lpulver.blogspot.com

automatism said...

Hi Lauren! You might be able to find out by emailing David Hylander, who wrote the original article about Tove's work on mixr.com. His email address is right at the bottom of the article!

:-)

Kate Lewis said...

wow, beautiful work and stunning home. i keep discovering more and more fun stuff in the photos. so fun to find your blog through desire to inspire where we were both featured this week!!!!! can't wait to read more...

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