Swedish artist Gordon Skalleberg, on painting faces and people, “I am trying to see beyond the surface...are we really aware of what we are seeing?”
A native of Arild, Sweden and now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Skalleberg transitioned to full-time artist after years in the family’s business. His relocation to New Mexico inspired new imagery, a distinctive twist on Southwestern features - desert landscapes, mountains, open skies - in a semi-abstract landscape-style. He paints in oil on untreated wood – the unique grain patterns are visible beneath the paint, intensifying movement and texture. Skalleberg has shown in gallery and exhibitions in Sweden since 2007; more recently in New York and Santa Fe. Since 2015, he has participated in the prestigious annual Studio Tour in southwest Sweden. Occasionally he accepts commissions - a recent example being Netflix engaging him to paint portraits of Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn for a production. His works can be found in museum, corporate and private collections in Sweden and the United States.