Stieg Persson
Melbourne Art Fair


Stieg Perrson
, 2012
Installation view
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In its current usage the word “enthusiasm” simply means a lively interest. It has however a lost ancient and archaic meaning, that of inspiration by a divine madness. When discussing the artistic imagination and the origins of the artwork, Eighteenth century rationalism removed the divine and substituted the mind, but a mind suspended of its usual operations, enflamed and under the spell of three fundamental aspects of enthusiasm: obsession, excitement and transport. It is in that spirit that these paintings have been made.

A range of methods and styles coexist in this installation. There are libidinal abstractions, forms swelling and protruding, images in the act of becoming. Some fuse abstraction with a collection of small realist elements, shapes evolve and radiate from a still life of a pearl, flowers sprout from street taggings. Our understanding of the traditional is dissolved, Culture is naturalised, nature is cultured.

Stieg Persson

Stieg Persson

After the Sugar Rush
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Banksy
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Brink
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Broughton Hall
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Diluvium
, 2012
Oil on metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

La Dame aux Camélias
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Lascivious
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Loveable
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Lubricious
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

More Joyous
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Orbis
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Princeton View
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Seed
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Sphera
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Thomas Hirschhorn
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Verge
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Yale
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Licentious
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Sunnyhurst Gardens
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Threshold
, 2012
Oil and metallic paint on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

Passionata
, 2012
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm

Stieg Persson

St. Etienne
, 2010
Oil on linen
51 x 46 cm