Helsinki, 1924 - 2014

Lars-Gunnar Nordström

“I construct art mathematically, as happens in music, I make music for the eye, it has harmony and rhythm, which are based on the colours’ own innate mechanisms.”

Lars-Gunnar Nordström was one of the leading pioneers of non-representational art in Finland. His art, Concretism, is characterized by an extremely precise, finished, deliberate visual expression.

Nordström was born into a family of architects. He initially aimed to study engineering at the Helsinki University of Technology, but did not pass the entrance exams and ended up studying interior design at the Central School of Art and Design between 1946 and 1949. He also attended the Free Art School and made study trips to Paris and New York. He worked as a designer of furniture at various architects' offices until 1960.

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Biography

“I construct art mathematically, as happens in music, I make music for the eye, it has harmony and rhythm, which are based on the colours’ own innate mechanisms.”

Lars-Gunnar Nordström was one of the leading pioneers of non-representational art in Finland. His art, Concretism, is characterized by an extremely precise, finished, deliberate visual expression.

Nordström was born into a family of architects. He initially aimed to study engineering at the Helsinki University of Technology, but did not pass the entrance exams and ended up studying interior design at the Central School of Art and Design between 1946 and 1949. He also attended the Free Art School and made study trips to Paris and New York. He worked as a designer of furniture at various architects' offices until 1960.

Nordström began his career in the 1940s and, very early on, created his own distinctive Concrete mode of painting, founded on a whole made up solely of line, colour and surface. In the 1950s, he made a crucial contribution to the breakthrough of abstract art in Finland and, already then, also began making large mural paintings that reflected his interest in collaboration, in combining visual art and architecture. Nordström established his position in the 1970s, and enjoyed widespread admiration in Finnish art circles, where he was generally known by the nickname ‘Nubben’. He was also constantly active on an international level - traveling, making new contacts and holding exhibitions. His art has had a major impact, particularly in Sweden. He received the Swedish Prince Eugen Medal in 1983.

Artworks

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Tautology, 1968

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Art of the 1950s / Art of the 1960s / Balanced Composition / Board / Bright Colors / Color and Form / Concrete Art Movement / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Finnish Art / European Art / Finland / Finnish Art / Geometric Abstraction / Helsinki / Masonite / Oil on Board / Oil on Masonite / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Primary Colors / Rhythmic Expression

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection, Scandinavia House, New York, NY

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Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection, Scandinavia House, New York, NY