"Occasionally, you will run into that rare artist who both captivates the mind and heart with his or her work. That artist is surely Gunilla Daga."
John Austin, an art writer living and working in Manhattan.
Lives in Stockholm Sweden. Member of KRO; Swedish artists organization IAA.
Artists Education at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Gerlesborgsskolan in Bohuslän 1990-1993, Gerlesborgsskolan in Stockholm 1988-1990 and Medborgarskolans konstskola Stockholm 1986-1988
Represented by Bohuslandstinget, Folkets Hus Riks, Sotenäsbostäder AB, Stockholms stad, Svenska Bostäder Stockholm and private collections
Artifact Gallery Lower East Side NYC (upcoming 2018)
Spectrum Art Fair Miami 2015
Artexpo 2015 New York
Artifact Gallery Lower East Side NYC 2015
Open studio Cite internationale des Arts Paris 2013
Konstrundan Gnesta 2011, 2012, 2014
Höstsalongen Kistamässan 2011
Gnesta Strand 2010
Konstnärernas höstsalong 2009
Tensta kulturträff 2005
Galleri Globen 2005
Hässelby Slott 2002
Sånga Säby Månadsgalleriet 2001
Gallerian Vällingby 2000
Galleri 39 Arvika 1999
Kulturstafetten Stockholm 1998
Galleri Nyttokonst Lysekil 1995
Smögens havsbad hotell 1994
Eksjö Museum Eksjö 1994
Musikmuséet Stockholm 1993
Konstsalongen De Unga Stockholm 1991
Galleri Vita Katten Stockholm 1989
SCOPE Art Fair/SeeMe Miami 2015
SeeMe Louvre Paris 2015
The New Collectors Book Artexpo New York 2015
ART UpCLOSE Spectrum Art Fair Miami 2014
Times Square billboards NYC 2014
Showroom Konstnärshuset Stockholm 2014
SCOPE Art Fair Miami 2013
Art Takes Paris, SeeMe 2013
SCOPE Art Fair/SeeMe Miami 2013, 2015
Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts 2013
Galleri Nybroviken Stockholm 2004
Kista+konst Stockholm 2004
Galerie Plaisiren Stockholm 2004
Konstrakan Tranås 2003
Trappan Vällingby Grupp V 1999
Konstnärscentrum Enkehuset 2000
Tomteboda konstförening Stockholm 2000
Konstsilon Fjällbacka 1996
Högskolan Vänersborg 1993
Stensalen Gerlesborg 1992
Shamrock Skeppsholmen Stockholm 1986
Torekällberget Södertälje 1986
Futurum Järna 1985
Sommarutställning KKV-Bohuslän 2013
Postmuseum Stockholm 2012
Arken PostNord HK 2011
Bohusläns museum Jubileumsutställning KKV 2011
Arken PostNord HK 2008
Vårsalongen Edsviks konsthall 2006
Julsalongen Konstnärshuset Sthlm 2005
Konst för alla Folkets hus Riks 2005
Vänersborgs konsthall 2005
Medlemsutställning KKV-Bohuslän 2004
Dalsland center, Tema Kärlek 2003
Rådhusgalleriet Fredrikstad Norge 2003
Vårsalong Trappan Vällingby 2000
Små format Konstnärshuset Stockholm 1999
Konst för alla Folkets hus Riks 1999
Väsby konsthall Nationell Målerisalong 1999
Minikonst Konstnärshuset Stockholm 1998
Medlemsutställning KKV-Bohuslän 1997
Bohusläns museum KRO-konstnärer 1996, 1997
Göteborgs konsthall Decembersalongen 1992, 1994
Bohusläns museum Bohussalongen1992
* TRANSFORMATION IN THE WORK OF GUNILLA DAGA
By John Austin
"Occasionally, you will run into that rare artist who both captivates the mind and heart with his or her work.
That artist is surely Gunilla Daga. In all of her artistic endeavors what is made crystal-clear is that this artist is producing art which, while drawn out of private experience, reaches out in universal terms to touch everyone on different levels. Perhaps the most impressive quality that emerges out of each work is its lyrical drive which forms a visual choreography of parts related to wholes as well as voids as well as of subtle, nuanced coloristic tonalities connected in vitalistic ways to compositional shapes. The compelling drama of energized suspension pervades all of Gunilla Daga’s art.
In the form of her acrylic painting this measured sense of anticipation seems to arise spontaneously and naturally out of working process. This working style, so geared to the flows and ebbs of creative energies has been honed over time in order to exploit certain factors and conditions. Gunilla Daga’s methodology favors the elusive and chance occurrence working hand-in-hand with conscious deliberation.
Much of the artist’s process-oriented work has a constructed look but it is a construction that seems tentative, filled with contingency. This process gracefully brings home the point that the universe, while seemingly stilled is yet unpredictable at its core, ready to change and alter its state of being from one moment to the next. In effect, the artist is deeply immersed in delineating for us, the viewers, what she perceives as an elemental condition of life, which finds its equilibrium through an interior force of counter-harmonies. The delicate compositional balance that pervades each piece suggests, then, a momentary state of quiet and stillness within flux. This suggestion of a temporary surcease from the strains of life while poetically filled with intimations of voids and silence denergies allows the artist, nevertheless, to communicate a flurry of tensions and of struggle in her work.
Lingering in its position it offers us a visual analogy of being psychically suspended between heaven and earth, hovering between oppositions and between differences. In looking closely at the artist’s painitngs we are swayed by the mysterious rightness of her coloration which animates her planes, as in ‘From the Other Side’ and ‘Red Heat’. But what gives us pause, what stops the eye and makes it marvel at the hand of Gunilla Daga is her capacity to find that Archimedian point, acting as perceptual lever, which upends visual expectations. This transformative effect, where materials assume another life beyond the prosaic is the hallmark of a great artist. It is artmaking’s ultimate prize: to recognize limits only to transcend them through the imaginative capacity.
Gunilla Daga’s art might profitably be considered a set of mirrors (imagination and reality) facing each other, which in-between themselves make a habitable world out of their blending reflections. The artist’s speaks eloquently and passionately through her bold nuances of the self’s journeys undertaken to arrive at a condition of centeredness. Her synthesis of oppositions lies at the core of her revelatory artistic practice. "
John Austin is an art writer living and working in Manhattan.