LARS JONSSON & KENT ULLBERG
Paintings & Sculptures1 June - 8 October 2017
Lars Jonsson, b.1952, is an artist, writer and ornithologist. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Uppsala. In his art Jonsson depicts birds and their habitats and he has also published a number of books on birdlife and nature. Lars Jonsson often works outdoors and paints what he sees in his spotting scope. Many of his watercolours and oil paintings are painted in situ. His studio work is based on his sketchbooks comprising thousands of studies and sketches of birds, landscapes, light effects and compositional sketches. At Millesgården oil paintings and watercolours are on display.
Kent Ullberg, b. 1945, is a Swedish-American sculptor. After completing his studies at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm in the 1960s, he left Sweden and lived in different parts of Europe and later in Botswana, where he worked as a curator at the National Museum and Art Gallery. Today Ullberg lives and works in the United States in Texas and Colorado. Kent Ullberg depicts animals, often in a monumental format in the public domain. His works are to be found throughout the world. Havsvind [Sea Wind], a stainless steel sculpture, over five metres high, is installed at Alviks strand in Stockholm and one of his recent monuments is the giant fountain Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness in Omaha, Nebraska, comprising 58 life-size Canada geese. Kent Ullberg’s animal sculptures have been temporarily relocated to Millesgården, a place Ullberg often visited as a young artist as he was greatly inspired by the monumentality and content of Milles’ sculptures.