Surreal art has a way of illuminating the extraordinary beauty of everyday objects. And that’s exactly what artist Yrjö Edelmann does in some of his descriptions of packages wrapped in colorful paper.
Each piece honors the textured backdrop of wrinkles and creases, sometimes fastened with a string and other times held together with a few pieces of tape.
Born in 1941 in Finland, Edelmann has formal arts training at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. His skilled photography has put him in surreal paintings and dreamy trompe-l’oeil. During this time, he developed a love for clumsy packaging. It’s not just what they show people – the brightness and gloss of the paper, the rope, the tape – but also what they hide. Since there is never any indication of the contents of the package (other than the shape), it creates an atmosphere of curiosity.
Edelmann create a surreal effect to your paintings using traditional oil painting techniques from the Renaissance. He carefully added thin layers of paint to the canvas to enhance the brightness of the different colors. The limited color palette of these sections allows for the variation of color, from lightest to darkest, to guide the viewer’s eye through the undulating surface of each sheet.
Scroll down with iDesign to admire more of its surreal paintings Edelmann and visit Galleri GKM’s website to learn more about this talented artist’s creative practices.
Translator: Nam Vu