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Jim Butler On often large canvases Jim Butler meticulously paints seemingly insignificant objects which he places against a plain white background. By enlarging and focusing on these objects, they come to carry a new meaning as they are being transformed from physical objects into a two dimensional image. This shift brings along associations, and more often reflects the references and thoughts of the viewer than some obvious intention of the artist. Jim Butler was born in Boston, USA in 1956. Since 1981 he is professor of Art at Middlebury College in Vermont and he has been as visiting artist at institutions in USA as well as in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Jarl Ingvarsson With his distinctive language of colour and form, Jarl Ingvarsson holds a unique place in the contemporary art world in Sweden. His expressive paintings are characterized by movement and intuition and they often comment upon existential themes such as life, death and religion. But also the more trivial everyday objects can occupy his canvases. Sometimes, though, he lets the simple line and shape overshadow the painterly expression. Jarl Ingvarsson was born in 1955 in Asmara, Eritrea. He lives and works in Sparsör, Sweden. Since 1997 he is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.

Jonathan Lasker Jonathan Lasker has recurrently explored painting through its most basic element, such as colour, line, texture and form. What seems to be a spontaneous and intuitive work is rather the result of a long process of preparatory work, where every detail is carefully analyzed and observed. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential abstract painters of the United States. Born in Jersey City, USA, in 1948, Jonathan Lasker lives and works in New York.

Åke Pallarp The ingredients of Åke Pallarp's art is recognizable although the focus in his works constantly shifts. He combines the narrative with the abstract and his paintings are characterized by interplay between heavy compact forms and the soft and frail. In his recent works Åke Pallarp, figures and constructions inhabit his dreamlike surroundings. Born in 1933 in Umeå, Åke Pallarp lives and works in Stockholm. He is since 1973 a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.

Robert Terry Robert Terry first received attention in the 1980s for his colourful landscape paintings associated with Neo-Expressionism. In 2005 he exhibited a series of insightful portraits by Abraham Lincoln. In his new works, Robert Terry has found his way back to the landscape as a motif. He has a unique ability to combine expression with realism, and despite the paintings strong painterly impression they approach an intense realism. Robert Terry was born in 1955 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. He lives and works in New York.

Petter Zennström During the 1980s and 1990s Petter Zennström developed his deeply personal and unique imagery, a combination of abstract forms and colours that he has recurrently worked with. In his new series of paintings, the cross is the repeated form. Organic shapes interplay with negative and positive forms, creating illusionary effects for the eye. Petter Zennström was born in 1945 in Stockholm, he currently lives and works in Västerljung. He is represented at, among others, Moderna Museet, Nationalmuseum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Malmö Museum and Samtidsmuseet in Oslo, Norway.

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Jim Butler, Jarl Ingvarsson, Jonathan Lasker, Ake Pallarp, Robert Terry, Petter Zennström