"André Lundquist was born in 1972 in Copenhagen, where he received his initial training with the painter Therese Dragshøj (1909-1998). His graphic studies under the tutelage of Peter Martensen (represented by the “Galerie Danoise” in Paris) have clearly left their mark on his technique and explain his penchant for creating tensions between the characters which he paints and the surface of the canvas on which they are painted.
In 1999, he was the recipient of a scholarship from the Beckett Foundation. As part of the prize he had a residency in Southern Spain at the Valparaiso Fondación. He used that stay to seek new sources of inspiration. From this trip as well as many stays in the South of France, he withhold some feelings and sensations, which he later released and translated into light and colors. For those who decide to enter the world of his paintings, Lundquist promises a great deal of emotions. His figurative painting is sensual and timeless.
Grace, lightness, peace … are other words to describe the painting of André Lundquist. There is in his works a silent poetry that allows the viewer to enter each of them calmly, without fear. This is a real tour de force, because for the most of them, the women portraited and sketched, which he gives life to on the canvas, are presented and revealed in their intimacy. They are sitting, standing, lying, kneeling … And yet, the painter’s gesture never exudes any kind of voyeurism.
These women are like stills who let under their skin pigments, behind the iris of their eyes, break a more complex story … As visual metaphors, they sometimes are the mirror of our own experiences sometimes a door open, behind which the viewer can give free rein to his / her imagination. In each of these women there are a thousand stories, a thousand situations to appropriate for one self or not."
Lawrence Ebelle ©