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b. 1963, Sweden

Jockum Nordström Biography

Delicately and elegantly constructed, Swedish artist Jockum Nordström's collages, watercolors, graphite drawings, and architectural sculptures feel improvisational and spontaneous, yet rich in detail. His works on paper, in particular, read like storyboards, and he has often referred to them as "stills," where all the action takes place simultaneously within a frozen frame. His imaginative tableaux-like environments appear as fantastical settings populated with unique figures, animals, architecture, furniture, musical instruments, and other props, all varying in scale and composition. Demonstrating his innovative approach to illustration and his distinctive choice in subject matter, his works feature an assorted cast of characters, seemingly pulled from different eras, and frequently employ unusual horizontal or vertical formats that recall the sequential arrangement of comic books and filmstrips.

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Nordström was born in 1963 in Stockholm, where he continues to live and work. In 2000, the artist joined David Zwirner, where he had his first United States solo show that same year, marking the first of five at the gallery in New York. For the insects and the hounds marked Nordström's first solo show at the gallery in London, showcasing new works on paper and sculptures, on view November 28, 2014 through January 24, 2015.

The presentation at David Zwirner follows the artist's recent major European survey, All I Have Learned and Forgotten Again, that was on view in 2013 at Lille Métropole, musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, before it traveled to the Camden Arts Centre in London, making it the first solo exhibition of his work in the city. Other recent solo shows include those organized by the Swedish Institute, Paris, 2011; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2010; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2005.

Work by the artist is represented in museum collections that include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; Västerås Konstmuseum, Sweden; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Text courtesy David Zwirner.

Jockum Nordström Featured Artworks

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Människor pratar/Les gens parlent by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Jockum NordströmMänniskor pratar/Les gens parlent, 2021Watercolour, graphite and collage on paper
51 x 64 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Apan och Brevet by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jockum NordströmApan och Brevet, 2012Graphite on paper
36 x 48 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Have It Away by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jockum NordströmHave It Away, 2012Graphite on paper
48 x 36 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Ghost by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jockum NordströmGhost, 2014Graphite on paper
29 x 40.5 cm
David Zwirner Contact Gallery
Lies about the truth by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper
Jockum NordströmLies about the truth, 2016Collage, watercolour and graphite on paper
50 x 40 cm
Zeno X Gallery Enquire
Alcoholism by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper
Jockum NordströmAlcoholism, 2008Graphite on paper
45 x 64 cm
Zeno X Gallery Enquire
Bordet och sängen (the table and the bed) by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper
Jockum NordströmBordet och sängen (the table and the bed), 2017Collage, watercolour and graphite on paper
88 x 55 cm
Zeno X Gallery Enquire
Cat Dog Cat by Jockum Nordström contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Jockum NordströmCat Dog Cat, 2016Collage, watercolour and graphite on paper
40 x 50 cm
Zeno X Gallery Enquire

Jockum Nordström Recent Exhibitions

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Jockum Nordström Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris

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