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Alexander Klingspor

Stockholm-born, New York-based realist figurative painter Alexander Klingspor’s vision begins in the unforgiving darkness of the long Scandinavian winter, the landscape that gave rise to Edvard Munch’s muffled Scream and other heightened sensory environments.
Klingspor’s series of large-scale, multi-figurative oil paintings explores what happens when his cold-climate city dwellers come together for the twenty-first-century sexual theater of the dinner table. His canvases play with ideas of consumption and taste: the way we dress up for each other, follow unwritten codes of manners and hierarchy, and assume our parts in the modern mating ritual. Recurring props assume Freudian meaning in Klingspor’s schema: surrealist lobsters, pig’s-head-shaped carafes, spread lace fans, and fresh-caught fish straight out of centuries of still life. Shadowy architecture and lurid skies loom over isolated souls, among them a Klingspor stand-in, often depicted in the artist’s trademark fedora.

Working in a large-format, multi-figurative tradition caught between realism and surrealism, Klingspor has developed a deeply psychological visual grammar that goes against trends and noise in contemporary art. He paints from live models supplemented with the flexible tools of an artist at the top of his game: anatomical knowledge, compositional problem solving, and the rich aesthetic input of the dream world. (Highly influenced by Eastern philosophy, Klingspor cites Alan Watts’s dichotomy of the “spotlight attention,” the trained and cultured eye, and the “floodlight attention,” the omnipresent, nonlinear, fast-moving eye of the subconscious, as complementary sides of his process.) Pain, pleasure, sex, and death are never far below these smooth, still surfaces. From his lavish/trashy dinner series to his austere/foreboding nature and cityscapes, Klingspor is an artist with an unsettling and idiosyncratic point of view.\

Alexander Klingspor was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977, and lives and works in New York and Stockholm. He is represented by Albemarle Gallery in London and A Gallery in Sweden. His work has been the subject of solo shows at Albemarle, the Arcadia Gallery (New York), and Christie’s Stockholm, among others, as well as group shows during the Miami Art Fair and the L.A. Art Show. Major solo exhibits include Transformations: Visual Slices of the Mind, Albemarle (2012), and Island Stories, A Gallery (2013). He has been featured in publications including ARTnews and American Art Collector, where his work appeared as a cover story under the headline “Painting Noir.” His paintings are in the collection of prominent individuals in the U.S., U.K., Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Mexico, among other countries. Influential American art philanthropist Iris Cantor was an early collector.

A throwback to a lost age of journeyman painters and illustrators, Klingspor left Sweden in his late teens and made his way to the U.S., where he apprenticed himself to renowned American illustrator and painter Mark English in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon returning to Stockholm, he joined the workshop of Magnus Bratt, a copyist for the Nationalmuseum of Sweden specializing in sixteenth-century oil painting. Klingspor maintains studios in New York and at the Royal Academy in Stockholm.

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2020

72" x 60" / 182.9 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Russian Fragility IV

44" x 76" / 111.8 x 193cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

When Lightning Strikes

40" x 30" / 101.6 x 76.2cm
Oil and Beeswax on Canvas

Wet Dream

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Muhammad Ali 5th Street Gym

65" x 47" / 165.1 x 119.4cm
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

Summer in New York

33.5" x 45.25" / 85.1 x 114.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Penthouse in Upper East Side

23.5" x 47.25" / 59.7 x 120cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Corner Building on Prince Street

23.5" x 49" / 59.7 x 124.5cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Building in the Sun

23.5" x 43.25" / 59.7 x 109.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Russian Fragility III

69" x 39" / 175.3 x 99.1cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

Hoedje van Papier (Paper Hat)

11" x 11" / 27.9 x 27.9cm
Acrylic on Wood

Ominous Front

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Canvas

Eye of the Storm

24" x 36" / 61 x 91.4cm
Oil on Linen

Edge of Light

36" x 48" / 91.4 x 121.9cm
Oil on Linen on Panel

Doughnut Cheerleader

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Dandelion

44" x 34" / 111.8 x 86.4cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Eden, Study for the Way

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Panel

Gilt

51" x 74" / 129.5 x 188cm
Oil on Linen

Dust Up

90" x 60" / 228.6 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Nocturne – Limited Edition Signed Print

30 x 24 in, 76.2 x 61 cm

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Loepje

5.875" x 6.625" / 14.9 x 16.8cm
Acrylic on Wood

Spyglass

7.75" x 11" / 19.7 x 27.9cm
Acrylic on Wood

Training School

40" x 30" / 101.6 x 76.2cm
Oil and Beeswax on Canvas

Falling in My Dream

60" x 48" / 152.4 x 121.9cm
Oil on Linen

Lavender Sister

24" x 18" / 61 x 45.7cm
Oil on Linen

Blue Sister

24" x 18" / 61 x 45.7cm
Oil on Linen

Nakedness Has No Color and Knows No Border

82" x 70" / 208.3 x 177.8cm
Oil on Linen

The Irresistible Force Paradox

47.125" x 78.625" / 119.7 x 199.7cm
Oil on Linen

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