|Michaelis School of Fine Art
|Book paintings, Abstract Painting, painting, drawing, etching
Tom Cullberg is an artist born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972. He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Swedish born South African artist Tom Cullberg came to South Africa in 1993 to study towards his BA(FA) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, graduating in 1997.He has been working prolifically ever since, with seventeen solo exhibitions to his name as well as inclusion in many significant group exhibitions. His work has been shown both locally and internationally at galleries such as Galleri Flach, Stockholm, (2016) BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Cape Town (2012), SCOPE Art Show, New York City (2012), the Joburg Art Fair in Johannesburg (2011), Stevenson in Cape Town (2009), the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town, Magrorocca Galleria d'arte in Milan (2007) and Galleri Svenska Bilder in Stockholm (2003). His work is held in private, public and corporate collections including Swedish Parliament, Hollard, Karolinska Sjukhuset, Sasol, Spier, Nandos (UK) and the South African National Gallery.
The paintings of Cullberg are at once familiar and foreign, pensive and playful. Charting territories between seemingly tangible and intangible worlds, the artist presents us with collections of represented objects that explore both fictitious story telling as well as real or recorded histories. These signifiers or symbols, appearing as though from dreams, hover or float over abstract grounds that, like the mechanics of memory appear in a state of flux. With humour and seriousness his paintings consider processes of association and recognition in the reading of both private and public narratives.
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