Artist and photographer
Konstnär och fotograf
Name: Jenny Persson
Phone: (+46) - 70 - 583 53 69
Address: Önevägen 40 F, 832 51 Frösön, Sweden
Art, photography, graphic design and illustration
To create art within strict boundaries or limitations is what I do best. My aim is always to either step out of the box altogether or stretch the boundaries of it to the verge of breaking, still keeping within the breach. I thoroughly enjoy working with site or subject specific art - my mind always ticks over when confronted with a brief for a photo shoot, book design, illustration or piece of art.
Photographically I have two specialties: one is artistic, unusual and moodsetting photos - the other is precise, technical and accurate representation of an object, a person or an interior. They are each others opposites and maybe I wouldn't enjoy one of them as much if it wasn’t for the other.
2019 I formed SP:ace together with artist Linda Svedberg. The abbreviation stands for Svedberg Persson Artistic Concept of Environment. We like to think of all public spaces as a potential playing field for our art. Together we master a large number of techniques, but more importantly we work well as a team and compliment each other, bouncing off ideas and coming up with new revolutionary ones. Our goal for the future is to secure public comissions, we are currently woking on prototypes and continually apply to public procurement calls. Watch this SPACE!
2021 Ånge Konsthall "Svart, vitt och gråskalan däremellan" Ånge
2020 Drejeriet "Re-evolution" Östersund
2015 Galleri Ede 519 konst & musik ”Inveckling/utveckling” Ede
2013 Galleri Rådhusgatan 7 Marstrand
2013 Härke Konstcentrum ”I Väntan På Vind” Frösön
2011 Mimers konsthall ”från Havanna till Harestad” Kungälv
2006 Galleri Tängtorpet Ås
2004 Härke Konstcentrum ”Bild och Form” Östersund
Juried Exhibitions (Salons)
2020 one of fourteen finalist in Swedish Form's design competition "Omformera" at Retuna recycling mall Eskilstuna
2020 Gallery Backlund " Spring Salon" Gothenburg
2019 Excersishall norr ”MID-NORDIC SALON” Östersund
2006 Jamtli ”Graphic form in focus” Östersund
2006 Winter Garden Folkets Hus ”Konst åt alla” Östersund
2005 Kulturmagasinet ”Grafisk form i focus” Sundsvall
2003 Rifo- National photo exhibition 1 accept Sweden
2001 Byham Shaw “Collaboration” London
2001 Quicksilver Gallery “Surface/ Rapture” London
2000 SKS vandringsutställning ”Departure” Churches in Jamtland county
Selected Group exhibitions
2019 2018 2017 Ahlbergshallen groupexhibition
2013 Landart by Locknesjön ”Clay or no clay- that is the question” Espnäs
2013 Gallery Koch "Southern Bohuslän open studio members" Stenungsund
2012 Mimer's Art Hall ”Light and darkness” Kungälv
2012 Järpen's culture house ”Three sisters” Johanna, Martin and Anna-Klara Samuelsson Järpen
2012 Nautic Hotel gallery Marstrand
2011 Rotor 2, Valand Art Academy "Contemporary Printmaking Gothenburg
2010 Gallery Backlund Gothenburg
2009 Queen’s Gallery ”Art Sans Frontiers Festival 2009” Bangkok
2009 Wandering exhibition ”Art Sans Frontiers 2009” Thailand
2008 Galleri KC Göteborg
2005 Galleri Tängtorpet ”Personliga änglar” Östersund
2001 Galleri Blå Lampan “Då & nu” Persåsen
+ a number of other exhibitions in cafés, libraries and shops, fares and open studios.
2000-2002 BA Fine Art 240/360p (London)
Student exchange at FAMU (Prague, katedra fotografie) spring term of 2002
Östersund Art School
1997-1999 Fine Art Foundation (Frösön)
2011 Valand Academy -Contemporary Printmaking 7,5 university pts Gothenburg
2010 Mid Sweden University -Origami 8 university pts Örnsköldsvik
2010 University of Photography -Personal project course 15 univerty pts Gothenburg
2022 the Karin Engelfeldt art award
2006 Lion's Art award
1999 the Ellen och Herbert Carlsson award
Svenstavik sport's hall for Berg municipality
2019 Unsplit Second: Odelad Sekund photographic installation
Motboken 1 for Fabös real estate concern
2007 3 entrances and stairway to a public building in Östersund
Östersund's municipality, Krokom's municipality, Berg's municipality, region Jamtland Härjedalen, region Västerbotten, Folkets Hus och Parker, Thai Art Concil
5th international artfestival workshop in Thailand. Workshop participant. 14 days in Thailand & Laos with publically sponsered travel, workshops and exhibitions.
I never had a backup plan to becoming an artist, from a young age, there really didn't seem to be any other choice. The medium has never been important, it's bending the rules and breaking the norm that really gets me going. I want to make people have a brand new experience. It may not be possible, but I believe you have to at least TRY to create something completely unique.
My rapturous relationship with photography began at age 16 when I got my first SLR camera, a Nikon FM . I always liked experimenting, shooting artistic photos, but I still didn't consider the result to be art. During years in art foundation, I did choose photography as a medium for a couple of my projects, but when I applied to University it was ink drawings and collages that got me there.
But London city life made me restless, I didn't have the piece of mind to paint or draw, with the camera and in the darkroom inspiration came easy. The subjects were people and things from my everyday life, the camera was always at the ready.
I shot photos in an impressionistic way to mimic the human gaze, with off-centered, cut-off compositions and I intentionally blurred the subject, either by shutter speed or depth of field. The style I've kept to this day, I call it "subjective documentary" (I know, every photo is subjective, but people tend to forget that).
In 2002 I applied to, and got selected, as one of two people to do an exchange at FAMU school of photography in Prague. Always having access to a model in my fellow exchange student and housemate Olivia, I started seriously exploring the human subject in motion.
In the autumn of 2002 I moved back to Sweden and started up my own firm. My goal was to spend as much time as possible just doing my own art, but I realized I also enjoy mixing it up with bits of commercial work. The contrast between the two actually suits me really well, the more mechanical work like product photography, folder making and portraits is almost relaxing, and gives a bit of extra income. The creative projects require a lot of brain activity, but it is incredibly satisfying.
I have my studio on an island called Frösön in northern Sweden. It's a well utilised space with room for a photo studio, a section for creating art and a section for warm glass. My latest edition to the workspace is a sandblaster and a compressor.
reportage av Anna Berglund
Artist in northern Sweden. Specialised in artphotography, site specific art and mixed media.
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