Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

 

Stockholm-born, Åkersberga-based artist Martin Jonsson has taken a nebulous theme and applied it to his subjects, putting a whole new spin on having your head in the clouds. Cumulus engulfs his solitary subjects, their puffy, cotton-like forms, obscuring their hands, heads and random body parts.

Jonsson’s oil paintings have a tranquil quality; they are like taking a low and slow inhale, and pausing just before releasing it. There is something quintessentially calming about his work.

Whilst one might not initially expect the idea of nebulous matter consuming body parts to be serene, it is perhaps the detachment with which it’s expressed that imparts such peace. A man appears to be reaching into a beautiful blue cloud rustling around to find something inside of it. A young girl stands watching the clouds that have appeared on her curtains, something another living soul might never have noticed.

 

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

 

It probably comes as no surprise that Jonsson’s surreal images are inspired by artists such as René Magritte and Salvador Dalí. Jonsson tries to convey mysticism in his work, taking a subject who is ‘normal’ and translating it into a mystical experience. To him, this is alchemy, one of the sources of his inspiration.

“Surrealistic images are like a modern psychoanalytic version of these old alchemic images,” says Jonsson.

The metaphors come thick and fast in Jonsson’s work. A woman in her pale blue shoestring dress, her head gone, poof, in a plume of thick dark smoke. How many times have we blown our top? Had steam come out of our head? Or the businessman in his starched white shirt, his head completely obscured by the grey cloud surround him. Is it a relief to detach from reality, to simply not see what is going on around us? Or has something else consumed us? Something that means we’re here, but not really…

Jonsson’s alchemy is created in the way he takes such a natural phenomenon, the soft rolling cloud, and overlays it onto the fragility of the human spirit, either lifting it and playing with it, or gently, but firmly destroying it.

 

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

Martin Jonsson's Surreal & Enigmatic Paintings | Yellowtrace

 


[Images courtesy of Martin Jonsson.]

 

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