Gunnar Tryggmo, “Moving On,” watercolor, 30 x 41 in.

“One Touch of Nature” features watercolor paintings by Swedish artist Gunnar Tryggmo. The show is on view at Turner Fine Art (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) through March 6, 2020.

From the gallery:

Gunnar Tryggmo is a master of his craft. In order to master anything, it is necessary to commit the time and passion to hone the skills. In his native Sweden, Tryggmo is highly revered for his watercolor paintings that follow in the country’s rich tradition of this medium. His imagery reflects his deep love of the natural world; he continually sources the out-of-doors by painting en plein air with his paint box and spotting scope.

“I was born in 1969 in Växjö, Sweden, and raised in Sjöabro, a scenic spot deep in the middle of the forest of Småland, which is a province in southern Sweden,” Tryggmo tells us. “The forest’s diversity of animals and birds caught my interest early on and became a natural source of inspiration. I shared this artistic interest with my uncle, who encouraged me from a young age, and it was he who took me to my first show.

“After high school, I moved to Helsingborg, a city in southern Sweden which faces Denmark, in order to study painting and drawing at Sundsgårdens college.

“I continue to be inspired by nature and in particular by animals and birds in their natural environment, such as the Swedish landscape, which ranges from the coastline to the heavily forested interior.

“The artwork is characterized largely by my natural interest. The values, the mood, and the movement are the most important things in my paintings. The techniques I practice are watercolor, oil, and drawing. I work both in the studio and plein air.”

Gunnar Tryggmo, “Silver Morning,” watercolor, 22 x 30 in.

“I first met Gunnar at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, where we were both exhibiting in the International Birds in Art Juried Exhibition,” remarks gallery owner, Kathryn Mapes Turner. “One afternoon, the artists were sharing their field journals, and I was so impressed with Gunnar’s. They had the scholarly approach of a naturalist but the astute renderings of a very practiced artist. Traditional watercolor is a very challenging medium because of its unpredictable nature and transparency — it is not possible to undo a misstep. This is why Gunnar’s commitment to painting in this medium is so impressive. The results of his commitment are pieces that are both bold and sensitive, painstakingly rendered with a distinctive lightness of touch and spontaneity.”

“One Touch of Nature” features watercolor paintings by Swedish artist Gunnar Tryggmo. The show is on view at Turner Fine Art (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) through March 6, 2020.

For more details: www.turnerfineart.com


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