About the artist Gudrun Alvebro

I grew up in a big family and had lots of brothers and sisters. The church played an important role in my childhood and impacted my view of the world. My parents were also inspired by the Waldorf Education.
When I create I get my inspiration from the free painting, with hints of naivism. My father created oil paintings and me and my siblings were handed colors, and papers, and clay, to create things freely from our own imagination. When my father died when I was 13, I almost stopped painting and being creative altogether. As I grew up and became an adult I realized that creativity is a part of who I am, and after that I started exploring different techniques and I got into oil painting.

I used to be a kindergarten teacher, but because of fibromyalgia I had to give that up. When I got sick, painting became a link to my inner self and a prayer to God. When I worked with children, I developed a respect for imagery that gave me a new perspective on my own paintings, and my own creative process. I am still inspired by children’s creativity, and how they paint from within with no pretension. I took courage to explore my own imagery and began to show my paintings to others.
I am an autodidact, but I have taken a few classes. I am a member of Roslagsmålarna, an art union in my part of Stockholm. Since the autumn of 2007 I have been active in exhibitions in the Täby area of Stockholm. In 2012 I took a class in collography by the artist Fia Kvissberg from Södertälje. Since then I also use Collograph as an expression.
I'm also a member of:
Karby graphics located at Karby Gård in Täby.
Vivid Art International.
Vida design.
Circle foundation for the art.

About the art of Gudrun Alvebro

When I paint, whether it is oil painting or collography, I try to find my way back to the joy and spontaneity I had as a child. I ask myself: What is it that I want to express from within?

I try to find that inner flow. Like the children that paints with no pretension, I try to make way for the picture that freely emerges. During my creative process I also get my inspiration from listening to music.

I chose oil painting because it dries slowly. I can process it with brushes, scrapes or cotton cloths for days. After a while I can even start over with the creative process and elaborate on the painting, until I feel that it corresponds well with my inner feeling, and what I want to convey. I work a lot with the existential questions in my art. A painting can be och become a prayer.

During the process, a name often comes up, but it is sometimes changed in the end since it does not correspond well with the finished painting. I like to give my painting names that are unclear and let the viewer ponder for him- or herself. Sometimes the painting poses a question, like the name ”Longer can feed the thought… Should I stop for a break?” I also want for people to be able to hang my paintings on their wall, enjoy it and discover it little by little.
I want my paintings to convey a little bit of naivism to create space for the viewer, and let them meet something that is not perfect. I want to convey hope and good thoughts to the viewer – that there is not always a clear cut answer, but there is always a way. 

pressrelease for exhibition:
"The Kaleidoscope of the Mind"
April 24 - May 14, 2015
In "Agora Gallery" New York.

Gudrun Alvebro uses materials ranging from cloths to brushes and scrapers to manipulate the oil paint in each of her saturated abstract scenes. The result is a collection of pulsing, dynamic patterns that exist between geometric and organic. An innocent inspiration shines through in the simple shapes and primary colors in Alvebro’s paintings. Still, every line and form is deliberate, creating movement between contrasting panels and textures. Each image has a layered, unaffected quality that frees the artist to create patterns that blur, blend, and move without pretense. Deep royal blues and crimsons recur in many of the paintings, navigating the line between something simple and familiar and the non-figurative nature of each work. Lines cross and dissolve into loose right angles, dividing the canvas into examinations of color and space and creating smaller pockets of texture and interest.

A native of Sweden, Alvebro is a member of Roslagmålarna, an artist’s group outside of Stockholm.  She also works in collography, and emphasizes an honest, genuine quality in her work.