20 January 2007

invited guest: Andrei Wilenius

Andrei is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We used to play
around in the rocky hills of Alby in the early 1960s.

Some years later I had started to make pictures using a camera,
but Andrei´s passion was painting. And he wanted us both to try
it. Well, we went to a shop and bought some material. I tried it
once and decided that this was not for me. But Andrei had a great
talent and the energy to go on.

Inya Laskowski and Andrei Wilenius, Stockholm 2004

photo: Ulf Fågelhammar

We don´t meet that often nowadays. Andrei moved to USA in the
1980s and lives in California. But every second year or so he comes
to Sweden and we have a chance to meet. A memorable moment
was when we went to see Christer Strömholm´s exhibition
"On verra Bien" in Stockholm. Last time we met was in September
2006 and I told him about the F Blog.

I am glad to be able to present some of his work here.
These specific graphite drawings have been sent to me
by exploding head gallery in Sacramento, California.
invited by ulf fågelhammar

Devadasi, 2006, Graphite on Duralene, 43" x 48"

Didache, 2006, Graphite on Duralene, 32" x 24"

Dakini, 2005, Graphite on Duralene, 24" x 36"


Anonymous said...

Reminds me of Georgia Okeeffe....


F said...

your photos and drawings are excellent. The ones with the skulls reminds me of some of Tom's photos. :)
Say hello to California from me.

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Unknown said...

two boys in Alby a lifestory
Alby to California and friendship
all peoples different lifestories
Great drawings, Andrei!
Devadasi – knocked me!
Very interesting to be in the gallery in Sacramento.

Anonymous said...

The expressivness of 'Didache' has me captured!

Anonymous said...

agree with you darren
the expression of "Didache"
Andrei and I talked a great deal about painting VS photography when we met - yes also about Stieglitz and O´Keeffe and pictorialism and so on.
In my opinion these graphite drawings
are quite close to photography - on the other hand many photographs shown here on the blog are quite close to paintings
quite interesting stuff

Anonymous said...

Yes beautiful work...and as stated by others, quite close to some of the photos seen here earlier.

Great story of friendship too!