ArtTour International Artist of the Week
Presents Henrik Sjöström
Henrik Sjöström (El Bastardo) tests the boundaries of fine art through visceral and spontaneous large scale canvases. He exhibits his passion for art with the use of acrylics, spray paint, and any materials on hand that can create the essence of impact in his figurative works, complimented with layered backgrounds of traditional graffiti. This tone matches his nature as a storyteller, sharing globally relevant messages. A metaphorical structure of shapes within each figure displays the spectrum of layers in both color, and narrative exhibited in his work.
What are you currently focusing on?
“I am focusing on the refinement of my specific style of painting and to bring my message across to as many people as possible. As an artist today, I feel that it is essential to stand out and to create something original as a form of protest against anything that can be regarded as ‘mainstream.'”
Have you experienced any significant changes in your work this last year?
“I feel that I grow as an artist with every work of art that I create, so the change would simply be that I am getting better in what I do. For me, it is becoming easier to generate my desires and wishes upon the canvas, as I learn more about the mediums that I am currently employing. “
Where are you from, and how has that influenced your art?
“My mother is Finnish, and my father was Swedish. I spent the first 16 years of my life in Stockholm, Sweden, where I was born, and then moved to Helsinki, Finland. After 19 years, I moved back to Sweden, which is where we now reside together with wife, son, dog, and soon second child. Scandinavia, with all of its nature, history, and culture, has deeply influenced my art, with traces of mythology, family, and Gods of Old clearly visible in many of my paintings. My wife has roots from both Germany and Africa, which obviously has added to my influences and is often reflected in my work.”