Gudrun Alvebro is a visual artist from Sweden who predominantly chooses an abstract form of artistic expression and creates various artworks that implement a multitude of techniques and concepts. Her work is mostly in the realm of painting, but she also has a large body of work dedicated to calligraphy, a process about printmaking but having some fundamental differences. Throughout her work, there is an extreme dedication to accomplish an aesthetically pleasant result, while at the same time remaining faithful to the ideas and concepts that are intrinsically tied to abstract art.
The way that Alvebro approaches abstraction in a painting is one which poses extreme interest and knowledge on the roots of this artistic movements, drawing inspiration from this realm of artistic heritage while at the same time introducing these concepts into a new context. It is an approach that delves deep into the essence of color and composition in art, as it manages to create a compelling atmosphere with simple, yet masterfully crafted color tones that fulfill their role and produce an aesthetically pleasant result. She implements into her artworks a combination of geometric shapes as well as biological ones, something that creates an impressive structure of different elements that manage despite all odds to coexist and bring forward the masterful composition of the final result. Another interesting feature is the way that she subtlety introduces actual references to reality in her work, thus creating a more broad approach which is not strictly abstract but encompasses a wider notion of truth within it. It is a characteristic of her work which is closely tied to the way that she chooses to name her paintings, a process which is rendered something more than simply name-giving and becomes a strong conceptual process that creates a unique connection to the viewer. Specifically, the viewer might read a title like “Grass” or “The Princess In The Tower” and then is tasked with the decoding of the visible elements in accordance to such a title. It is a challenging way to approach abstraction as by adding actual references from reality; one has to handle in a successful way conflicting ways of expression to create a decent outcome. Alvebro, through elegant and witty handling of these conflictive features, manages exactly that and delivers exceptionally high-quality paintings that intrigue the viewer once one explores deep into them.