'Svein Koningen' Abstract Expressionist
For the artist, inspiration comes from both external influences and internal feelings which affect the way the external is perceived, viewed or accepted.
We all know this to be true. Some artists are inspired by beautiful scenery whilst others are moved by darker seedy city and street-scapes. Svein is not moved by beautiful green valleys or fields. He absorbs extreme seascapes of brilliant clear waters with escarpments of bleached white cliffs, he feels street scenes like the chaotic bike riders off to school in Brugge which are played out on various canvases. He is a studio painter. His subconscious collects information, which then becomes visible via his abstract paintings.
A new abstract series 'Street Scenes', glimpses of Brugge street life are exposed in symbolic marks representing the often chaotic bike riders with headsets, groups of tourists led by a coloured umbrella welding guide and trotting horse carriages are all brought to life on canvas.
The beauty of abstraction is for the viewer to interpret the artist's work finding stories of images hidden within the canvas.
Koningen's Wilderness series, is inspired by the northern Provence region of France. The fields of lavender and sunflowers are depicted by bold splashes of vivid purples and bold golden yellow.
. The artist at Work out of the studio
Koningen has a passion for abstraction that was born out of an Arts & Industrial Design education in the 1960’s. His introduction to art began as a very young child with visits to the Rijksmuseum with his Dutch grandparents educating the young Koningen on Rembrandt and the Dutch Masters.
Koningen was born in the shadow of WW2 in Trondheim Norway. His Norwegian mother met his Dutch father in Oslo amidst the German invasion of Norway. At the end of the war his mother went home to Trondheim to have Svein whilst his father had to wait out the Norwegian war trails in Oslo. He had spent his war years as an enforced labourer whilst working with the Dutch underground. Quickly freed he was sent home to Amsterdam where his five month old, son Svein, and his wife joined him.
The family moved to Geelong, Australia in 1953 where Koningen studied Art & Industrial Design at the Gordon Tech, Geelong.
Koningen spent a year as a designer before moving to Curacao, in the Caribbean to manage the family business. Family and business ensued for the next 20 years until mid life Koningen rediscovered his passion for painting. Leaving the corporate world behind he committed himself full-time to his craft, painting.
He moved to Noosa in 1997 quickly becoming known for his bold and textural large abstract paintings. His studio gallery in Noosa Heads was very successful with International art lovers flocking to visit and buy the latest works for their various homes and offices.
Some eight years later Koningen had a strong urge to reconnect with his European heritage so he and his wife Dianne, (his manager), headed off for a year in Europe. Falling in love with Brugge, and with Svein having Dutch as a second language they set up a Studio Gallery in the heart of Brugge. This also has been successful with art lovers from all over the globe visiting this Aussie studio in the heart of medieval Brugge.
Now some ten years later Koningen is ready for another move but we await news of where he will be. Join the mailing list here to stay in the loop.
Koningen is a prolific painter continually expanding his application to canvas creating bold and expressive works. His paintings evoke feelings of intensity, mystery and secrets sometimes erotic and sensual with a rhythm of colour and music. His use of bold colour, texture and raw energy are the signature marks of this Brugge based international artist. Koningen’s work is resolutely painterly.
His art speaks of wild landscapes, nature's rhythm of changing seasons with more minimal works reflecting his background in Industrial Design.
Other works include ‘Metal & Lace’ juxtaposes the new and old industries becoming one sculptural work forming shadows and light. The fusion of masculine and female energies, hard and soft, lace and metal, old and new, adds a layered dimension to the perception of the work.
Koningen continues to expand his craft with passion and commitment.