“Colours are like food to me. They all taste different. Some are sweet, others salty. A colour in the right spot in the right environment makes me want to lick it or chew it!” -Frida Hultcrantz
So said Helsinki-based Swedish painter Frida Hultcrantz recently of her work and process. The artist addresses themes of loneliness and being an outsider in poignant photo-real paintings, often of women and home, often using blocks of strong colours.
There’s an eeriness and humour present in her paintings of homes and interiors. Traditional clapboard Scandinavian houses feature reflections in the dark windows or have curtains fully drawn to make the viewer feeling as unwelcome as a passer by might – the paintings have names such as Keep on Walking and Stay Right Where You Are. Domestic rooms are mostly devoid of humans, though a rumple in the bed sheets suggests presence. From Frida’s Undercover project a series of females hide under richly coloured veils and in one – Shall We Eat? – the subject slumps over a kitchen chair, stirring up feelings of tired mornings when life seems too much. Meanwhile, a painting of a women’s legs beneath a huge lifted skirt entitled Fantastic! is as joyous as the splendid spectrum of colours that the artist employs throughout all of her work.