2017 Group Gallery Vierrumlauden, Berlin, Germany
2016 Solo Gallery Ekval l& Tornblom, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Solo Konst in Karlstad, Sweden
2014 Solo Gallery Ekvall & Tornblom, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Solo Gallery Ekvall & Tornblom, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Solo Gallery Ekval l& Tornblom, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 Solo Gallery Glantz in Skärhamn, Sweden
2009 Solo Gallery BIB, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 Solo Gallery BIB, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Solo Gallery BIB, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 Solo Gallery BIB, Stockholm, Sweden
2000 Group Gallery Hagman, Stockholm, Sweden
About Irene Gronwall
My father was a painter, I grew up in the midst of paint and turpentine. But I trained as an actor. During my acting career, I have always been drawing and painting. I think painting and acting are similar in many ways. You have a blank canvas or an empty stage. You have to fill them both with yourself!
I have been an abstract painter, for the past 20 years, and I paint layers upon layers. I am interested in what lays underneath each layer; in life, in nature, in people, in actions – in things I see in everyday life. Painting is a process as life is a process. What do we show and what do we hide? I want the viewers to use their emotions and hopefully become moved. Experience the painting – rather than “understand”.
I love colour and I discipline myself sometimes to use less colour, in order to learn more about movement and rhythm. I often work in series of two or three paintings. I am inspired by American expressionism such as Kline and Motherwell. I love their boldness, their trust in the brushstroke and that it is enough. I also love calligraphy. I have my studio in Stockholm, where I also live.