ARON LANDAHL

Born1984

“I am an illustrator and work with drawings every day. I have a stubborn dedication to analogue, handcrafted creation and try to create my images in that way whenever I can. That is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, sitting and seeing a motif slowly evolve on the paper can lead to an almost meditative state. On the other hand, it makes demands on the well-being and functionality of the hand, making it susceptible to neurotic anxieties that make muscles cramp and tendons ache. But there is nothing like seeing a well-executed original drawing, it has a feeling that a printed reproduction can never give.

As an illustrator with tight deadlines, I often need to compromise to some extent, by colouring hand-drawn images digitally for example. However, black and white images have their own charm. They leave a gap for the viewer to fill with something bigger than the colour that would otherwise dominate the space.”

Aron works as an illustrator. He studied animation at Kvarnby Folk High School (Kvarnby folkhögskola) in Malmö. Aron trained as a nurse at Uppsala University (2015).

Photo portrait: Kajsa Göransson

Aron Landahl Den Tänkande Handen teckning utställning

Aron Landahl

Aron Landahl participates in the scholarship competition and exhibition with seven drawings created 2012–2019.

1. 'Guillemot,', ink and steel pen on paper
2. 'Island', ink and steel pen on paper
3. 'Gate', ink and steel pen on paper
4. 'Cave', ink and steel pen on paper
5. 'Lighthouse', ink and steel pen on paper
6. 'Insect trap', ink and steel pen on paper
7. 'Burrow', ink and steel pen on paper

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THE SELECTION COMMITTEE'S MOTIVATION:
Darkness pervades the action-filled scenes of Aron Landhal’s fairytale world. Meteorites shoot over the night sky, swallows soar in the evening, rabbits seek shelter underground and a school of black fish is chased across the sea floor by a menacing shadow. Color is not needed in this saga. Through meticulous precision and analog patience he masterfully renders in black and white.

1. GUILLEMOT
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2012. Original size 10,5x15 cm.
1. ISLAND
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2012. Original size 10,5x15 cm
3. GATE
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2019. Original size 15x11 cm.
4. CAVE
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2012. Original size 15x11 cm.
5. LIGHTHOUSE
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2012. Original size 10,5x15 cm.
6 INSECT TRAP
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2019. Original size 10,5x14,5 cm.
7. BURROW
Ink and steel pen on paper, 2015. Original size 15x11,5 cm.