Filippa Bjerling


To me painting implies a process and a search in which the people always play a significant role – I proceed from them. As a first step of this process, I have drawn men and women, old and young, in public settings. I have for instance observed and sketched them at Wien Westbahnhof, in the U-Bahn in Berlin, on a park bench near Promenade des Anglais or at Malmö Central Station. At these moments they find themselves in a transient course of events and they are encountered by other people who are all travelling in the same span. Here encounters emerge and new constellations are being formed. Maybe these will remain, maybe they will be dissolved.
In the same way as these constellations are unknown to the beholder, the canvas seems to hide its destination until the very end and the mazes during the process of the painting are many. However, in this intricate labyrinth which is defined not only by a search for harmony between colour, shape and line but also for the balance between harshness and fragility, I somehow look for a harmonious solution. With help from the people mentioned above, I hope to find this harmony in the work on the canvas. At least in some way.

Galleri Lohme, Malmö, 1-3 december 2017 (groupshow Local Art)
Gallerie Lorien, Frederiksberg, Köpenhamn, october/november 2017
Falkenbergs Hembygdsmuseum, Falkenberg, july 2015
Falkenbergs Sparbank, Falkenberg, september/october 2014
Galleri Ztrand, Halmstad, augusti 2013
Galleri KH, Bengt Saltö, Karlskrona, maj 2013
Laxbutiken, Falkenberg, summer 2006
Laxbutiken, Falkenberg summer 2005

Göteborgs Artschool, painting 2003 – 2004
Wiks Folkhögskola, painting 2002 – 2003
Wiks Folkhögskola, Arts and craft 2001– 2002
Course in painting for Barbara Rae, Edinburgh, 1999

More information:
Working with own studio in Malmö, 2010 – 2017
Working with own studio in Wien, 2007 – 2010
Working with own studio in Berlin 2004 – 2006