Gunilla Daga

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Red heat, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 67x85 Cm © gunilla.daga
Free play, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 45x45 Cm © gunilla.daga
Feel free, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 45x45 Cm © gunilla.daga
The face of hate, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 69x65 Cm © Gunilla Daga
On stormy seas, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas © gunilla.daga
Up from the sea, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas © gunilla.daga
Longing, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 45x45 Cm © Gunilla Daga
Quick Facts
Lives in
Stockholm, Sweden
Representing galleries
Artifact Gallery Lower East Side/NYC
figurative, modern

Gunilla Daga

"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

Solo shows
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 
Gerlesborgshallen 1996 
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 

Group shows 

‚ÄčSCOPE 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 
SthlmArtFair 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

Juried shows
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

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.

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