Yrjö Edelmann

Born in 1941 - Sweden


Reality or fantasy? Yrjö Edelmann’s pictures are frequently located in the territory between dream and experience.

For centuries artists have endeavoured to delude the eye of the observer by conjuring forth a trompe-l’oeil image. And so too does Edelmann, with his wrinkled wrapping paper.

Ever since he stepped onto the stage as a thirty-something artist, Yrjö Edelmann has devoted himself to oil painting and graphic art. More recently his works have caught the eye of both public and critics, not only at home in Sweden, but abroad as well, with exhibitions in New York, Tokyo and Paris. Since 1976 his works have been on display continuously in the USA.

Yrjö Edelmann was born in 1941 and moved from Helsinki in Finland to Sweden with his family ten years later. He started to draw at an early age, initially in comic strip magazines, and worked for many years as an illustrator.

Towards the end of the 1950s he studied freehand drawing at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Influenced by French surrealism with its irrational, dreamlike motifs, he developed his own pictorial language and also experimented with hyperrealism before becoming increasingly engrossed in his packages, wrapping paper and pieces of string.

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Yrjö Edelmann - Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna
Yrjo Edelmann - Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc., Houston, TX
YrjÖ Edelmann - Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna
Yrjö Edelmann - Galleria Bronda, Helsinki
Yrjö Edelmann - Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Hamburg


Femårsjubileum - Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna
Svenskt Samtidsmåleri - Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna
Art and Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation - Roseville Arts! Blue Line Gallery, Roseville
The Eclectic Eye - Pop and Illusion - Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
31: Thirty-one artists. Thirty-one works. - Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc., Houston, TX
The Eclectic Eye - Selections of Fantasy and Illusion - CAC - Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
The Second Beijing International Art Biennale 2005 - Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing
Diptych - Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc., Houston, TX

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