VILJO GUSTAFSSON

VILJO GUSTAFSSON
1927-1994 | FINLAND

Death keeping House for the Poor man, 1984
Death keeping house for the poor man, 1984

Viljo Gustafsson lived an isolated life in a small cottage in Karkkila, Finland. A labourer who suffered from alcoholism, Gustafsson was familiar with social misery and loneliness. Art was a means to ease his condition allowing him to explore the misery of life and death remaining an ambivalent figure, represented in many contrasting forms.

Viljo Gustafsson ha vissuto un’esistenza isolata in un piccolo cottage a Karkkila, Finlandia. Operaio che soffriva di alcolismo, Gustafsson conobbe la miseria sociale e la solitudine. L’arte era un mezzo per alleviare la sua condizione che gli permise di esplorare la miseria della vita e della morte, elementi ambivalenti rappresentati in molte forme contrastanti.

Girl and snake, 1982
Girl and snake, 1982

Gustafsson’s works were studies of his own mind and were not intended to be exhibited. His paintings portray loneliness and isolation, reflection on power and spiritual exploration.
Perhaps influenced by the amount of darkness Finland experiences in autumn and winter, Gustafsson often employed the colour black to effectively depict the dark themes of his works.
In addition to his paintings, Gustafsson sculpted peculiar feeding houses for his animal friends in his garden, where he painted the roots and branches black, and crated large totemic sculptures burned from tree trunks.

Le opere di Gustafsson erano studi della propria mente non destinati ad essere esposti. I suoi dipinti ritraggono solitudine e isolamento, riflessioni sul potere ed esplorazioni spirituali.
Forse influenzato dalla forte oscurità della Finlandia in autunno e inverno, Gustafsson spesso utilizzava il colore nero per rappresentare efficacemente i tetri soggetti delle sue opere.
Oltre ai suoi dipinti, Gustafsson ha scolpito particolari case per gli animali presenti nel suo giardino, luogo nel quale dipinse di nero rami e radici e creò grandi sculture totemiche ricavate dai tronchi d’albero. 

Odd quarters, 1983
Odd quarters, 1983
Untitled, 1983
At the Centre for Mental Health, 1983
Untitled, u.d.
Untitled, u.d.
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