Gustaf Tidholm, 1981, was born in Huddinge outside Stockholm and grew up in Alfta in Hälsingland. He has a large family there with six siblings, a father who was a politician and a mother who was at home with the children. In the family there was an environment and atmosphere that encouraged creativity and the artistic way of expression. The family includes illustrators, writers and journalists. At first it was watercolor and drawing that were Gustaf's home ground, but after spending a few years with painting on hold, the longing came back to art.
Tidholm's paintings strive to affirm man's instinctive need for balance and harmony. The paintings are characterized by their abstract expressionist character. They should like to provoke both thoughts and conversations, with themselves or others. What the painting adds is often a matter of where it was hung. The works of art can inspire calm, or inspire and create energy.
His paintings are abstract, and the strongest means of expression are the atmospheric colours, as well as the distinctive and energetic directions of the brush strokes.
Gustaf's paintings combine art with interior design. He paints to add pleasant experiences to rooms, not to problematize a question. The aim is that the works of art should ignite a spark of faith in the future, and stimulate people's good and constructive thoughts.
In the creation and the union between the painter and the paint, a kind of communication takes place like a dance, according to Tidholm, and that is why acrylic is mainly so exciting because the drying time is so fast, you have to let go and control because the paint somehow has its own will.
In the presentation, Gustaf believes that it is a perfect form of meditation. Not infrequently, he has an idea when he starts a painting, but it is rarely something that is realized, but the end result is usually something completely different that is created in the impulse of the moment. That's what's so amazing about abstract painting, the feeling and the subconscious comes to the fore and takes over completely. The result is genuine and pure expressions that are fantastic to try to interpret and put into words.
At the same time, it is secondary to tell the viewer what the painting represents, of course it is sometimes interesting for the viewer to understand what thoughts are in the artwork itself from the artist, but at the same time there is a great deal of scope for the viewer to put their own interpretations on what Gustaf Tidholm's motifs depict or convey.
Often it is precisely in this that meeting with followers that really creates a great conversation with people. That they interpret freely and talk about what they see, how they want the painting to hang and why they bought the artwork or appreciate it extra. Meetings that create a fantastic union, and a way to reach out to people that give even more need for continued creation.
It becomes a democratic process in what is a good work of art or simply not, where the viewer participates in deciding what the motif represents.
In many ways, this is inspiration in itself and a large part of the driving force, according to Tidholm.
He creates in his studio at home, an excellent way to combine family life and work with art.
The paintings are sold worldwide. He has been written about in both Swedish and international magazines and has done interior design collaborations in LA.