Five questions to Tony Wallström

Five questions to Tony Wallström

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Tony Wallström (b. 1985) is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Ulricehamn, Sweden. His work is a contemporary interpretation of expressionism through painting, collage, and digital mediums. Delving into themes of daily life, mental health, and existential questions, Wallström constructs a vivid tapestry from the detritus of his studio, crafting pieces that reflect a collective consciousness. By juxtaposing the routine of the everyday against the backdrop of life's ephemeral moments through the tangible qualities of the materials, his work has earned international recognition in several private collections worldwide.Since when do you paint and what are your favorite motives?

I started painting a few years back when I went through some personal struggles. I believe it started more as an exploration and quite rapidly turned into my primary cathartic outlet. My motifs are usually abstract marks where I’m delving into themes of daily life, mental health, and existential questions.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

I spend lots of time sketching and journaling and this is where I’m able to distinguish themes that are recurring. It used to be a very random process earlier on in my career, but have since then turned into something that perhaps could be called a structured process. Sketchbooks and journals are incredibly important and useful for my creative process. This is where I’m able to fail and discover stories and subjects without being too critical or judging myself.From what do you get your motivation? 

My motivation is heavily influenced by curiousity and exploration. I try to keep myself busy within a wide range of  mediums and spaces, and most likely too many. I love traditional physical art but have also found a home within the NFT art space which definitely opened my eyes for an incredible world of creators and friends.Your life without art would be...

I refuse to even think of something like that. It would most likely be a rather dull existence.

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

I live on a farm in the rural parts of southern Sweden which means I don’t have much of a vibrant art scene nearby without traveling. However, my studio might perhaps qualify as one of the best places. My doors are open and I’m happy to sit down and have a coffee while talking about art or life.Learn more about the artist: