Artist of the Month – Jimmy Rosenholm
Åkersberga represent! Graffiti and oil meet on our walls!
Jimmy Rosenholm has taken a different approach to street art. He started by tagging the walls of his neighborhood in his youth. Now he has developed his art style to not only include spray cans but also brushes. Jimmy is born and raised in Åkersberga and has worked as an electrician after high school and has participated in several art educations at schools. He has even worked as an art assistant. He is now 33 and has had a passion for creativity and art almost 20 years.Jimmy Rosenholm has taken a different approach to street art. Starting out with tags on walls in his youth, he’s developed his art style to include not only spray cans but brushes as well. Born and raised in Åkersberga, Jimmy has worked as an electrician after high school, taken several art courses at schools and even worked as an art assistant. He is now 33 and has had a passion for creativity and art for almost 20 years. Here are some links to his Facebook, Instagram and website.
When did you know that you wanted to become an artist?
I think i’ve always been an artist. I’ve always had a need to express myself and I have a curious “wondering” for things all the time. I’ve always been an open person and exploring stuff as an artist.
How have you developed your style as an artist?
When I was 13 I started out tagging. In high school I met an art teacher who showed me oil painting and that was when I got caught up in oil painting. It wasn’t until 2013 that I went to art school because I was kind of stuck in my graffiti letterings. I hadn’t seen any evolution of my art – I couldn’t see outside of the box and felt I couldn’t improve my art anymore. Then at art school I found my art style. I found my style through paraphrasing artwork. It’s when you take a famous picture and then do it in your own style. I had a picture from my teacher and as an assignment we were supposed to draw it in our own style. The picture had horses and people climbing and stuff, so I used my black letter style from graffiti and suddenly I had my own style.
Why do you believe that art is important?
I do it mostly for fun but I know that for many people today art is important because it’s able to open people’s minds. They start to think about what they’re seeing, open discussions and questions and it pushes people to think about all kinds of stuff.
Have you ever done any work that was directly inspired by your surroundings?
Yes, I did a bit on a beggar before. I ran down to take a train when I saw this lady with everyone who rushed her off. She was wearing a very heavy red coat and many other clothes under her to stay warm. There was a big heavy locked door next to her. I stood there thinking, ”Oh, this is such a big picture,” so I took out my phone and took a picture. I could see the lady watching me, wondering what I was doing. I told her that it was for an art piece and I gave her some money and thanked the her for the picture. To me, the colors symbolize red and blue politicians and their policies. The blue door symbolized security and security behind locked doors while the red symbolizes the working class, who work hard and have a ”heavier” life.
Which artists inspire you and why?
Cantwo, Johan Wattberg, Alexander Klingspor & Magnus Bratt. Not everyone is a graffiti artist, I’m the actual Klingspor & Bratt’s unique oil artist. Wattberg is from the same area as me but a few years old than me and is a role model. I worked for Klingspor & Bratt as an art assistant for a year each. Meanwhile, they gave me advice about my own paintings. Pollock, Frida, Dali, Roslin, I was here and the ghetto gallery are inspirations as well.
Have you ever traveled and gotten inspiration from it?
No not exactly. I have traveled quite a bit actually, to places like Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, New York and Denmark. What I usually do is I go to a town and find some cans and a wall to paint on. Mostly I paint on walls that are free to paint on. It’s about being in the moment and being free of responsibility to take it home or work on it later. You don’t have to save it or decide what to do with it. The wall is just a little bit more in the moment. You could spend all day painting and then the next day or a week later it’s covered with someone else’s work.