60 x 40 x 1 cm
The elegant but fierce Swan provides strength and protection in times of uncertainty and conflict, and is one of Hrik’s spirit animals that came through to offer support and encouragement during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Acrylic on a stretched out canvas mesh found in a junkyard. There's a pre-existing, basic wooden frame.
For The Swan, I found the frame with a in a junkyard, and my guess it is most likely a cabinet door for some piece of furniture, and it’s very light weight. The mesh itself resembles hemp in texture, and is very coarse and absorbent, which made painting on it a challenge, but also an intricate part of the experience. And as such, this is how the painting will be shipped, ready to be hung.
Leaning back and absorbing the energy around me at the time, mid February 2020, I just started with a big “S” shape over the dark blue background. Having then just gazed at it for a few days, and “feeling it in”, absorbing ut - understanding it - I realised that the S was a Swan (obviouSly) that wanted to appear for me.
When the swan itself was finished, I still stronglý felt that there was something missing, and late one night - for some reason - I decided to go to town on the painting with cheap kids' acrylics I had bought at Ikea! I quickly realised I was onto something great, and added more and more detail! And then some. Lot’s of lines, dots, swirls, curvy strokes etc. And NOW the Swan found its true character! And so had I, in a way.
I strongly felt that this Swan came to me, like an animal spirit of sorts, to give me strength and determination to pursue my true calling as an artist. This process - initial intuitive painting, followed by fine open-eyes painting, and finished off with decorative neon paints - was the initial start of my neo-expressionist style (I really dislike labels, but this is what I usually call it, when I need to), and especially for my collection, The Akashic Records.
The Swan is my only painting signed as “H.Friberg”, and not Hrik.
The frame is part of The Swan, and that is how it’s sold and shipped.
If you are interested in acquiring this piece (see links on h-rik.com), I’m happy to supply additional pics, and answer any questions.
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