“I paint the monk outside Prada and other everyday scenes from what I see on my walks. I like to capture a landscape that is changing every day before our eyes.”
Swedish artist featured in Channel 5, and Harpers Bazar Art
Ingela Johansson, Artist
Ingela Johansson was born in 1970 in Karlstad. While still in school she made horse portraits by commission. After high school at The American Collage For the Applied Arts in London Ingela had a life drawing teacher who had worked as an illustrator for Vogue magazine. She saw her potential and encouraged Ingela to continue with fashion illustration.
Completed studies in London later led to further studies in fashion as well as in fashion drawing on Nordic Design School, located in Borås. While studying in Boras Ingela found silk painting which she then worked with for ten years. The inspiration for silk painting came from the Icelandic artist ERRO and his works on art history. This inspiration and creativity led to exhibitions at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, as well as at the Textile Museum in Borås. Her silk paintings have also been exhibited at the Swedish Club in Paris. During this period she was also working in the field of graphic design.
Over the past seven years, Ingela worked with surrealist collage in combination with work as a teacher of design and art in Karlstad. The theme in the collages was change and choice, which have always been central in her work. She also illustrated books about as varied themes as domestic violence and leadership.
However, it was a move to Singapore that inspired her to develop a new identity as an artist. Her new pictures are in mixed media. However, you can still recognize the feeling from the surrealistic collages, but in the new theme there are less focus points and colours are used in a more symbolic manner. She also brought her experience as an educator to her new homeland – where she now has art courses.
Everyday moments with globalization as a backdrop is the scene for Tales of Singapore.
Which is Ingelas art project after many urban walks in the city. After moving to Asia
Ingela believes that she pays more attention to the changes that are constantly going on around us, and how they sometimes worry us. The discovery of her new country has attracted a great curiosity for the artist.
“With the brush and lens I seek those moments when we are changing or when we realize that we have to choose. I portray places that leave a clear testimony of the modern and the worn side by side. When I walk the streets in my new hometown and see a Buddhist monk walk into Prada I’m curious. Change, a global world and the way we handle it interest me.”
In 2014 she also started to design carpets inspired by nature and geometric patterns.
The American College for the Applied Arts London 1990-1992
RMI Bergh, design school Stockholm 1993
Nordic School of Design Boras 1994
Nordiska Museet, Stockholm;
Swedish Club, Paris,
Textile Museum, Borås
Conceptual Visual Art Exhibition with Canadian artist
Barbara Ariss-Stroh-Wasser, Devonshire, Singapore
Culture Square Gallery, Singapore, 2013
100 Friends, TCC Gallery, Singapore, 2013
Studio Miu Art, L’Escalier Gallery , 2013
Rosalie Gallery, Queensland, Australia, 2014
Studio Miu Art, Orchard Centerpoint, Sinagpore, 2014
The Volvo Art Loft, Singapore, 2014
ArtOne21, Singapore 2015
Mandala Fine Art Gallery, 2015
Liquid Group, Self Identitties, Ca’Zanardi Arts House, jury selected, Venice 2015
Park Royal Hotel, Singapore, 2016
Villery Boch/Tatler Homes, Singapore, 2016
Arvika Konsthall, 2016
Klappsalongen Upplands Väsby, 2016
Grand Hotel, Karlstad
Gustaf Fröding, in Karlstad
Galleri Bergman, 2014
The Art Club, Singapore 2015
DiLegno Contemporary Art Gallery, Singapore, 2016
S9 Galleri, Oslo, 2016
Global Art Projects
100Friends, TCC Gallery, 2014
Imago Mundi, the Benettton art project, 2015
The best of 2016, Dubai emerging artist award, book, p.72, 2016
Nordic finalist in Generator
Gallery Bergman, Karlstad, Sweden
The Art Club, Singapore
Channel 5, Tales of 2 cities, Singapore
Harpers Bazar Art, 2014 and 2015
Scandasia 2014, 2015