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Artist of the Month – Jimmy Rosenholm

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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.

Artist of the Month – Magnus Rapp

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From New York to Shanghai – Places to dream of

With lots of colors, details and light, Magnus Rapp wants you to fantasize about looking out over New York, visiting a bar in Los Angeles or walking along The Bund in Shanghai. He mixes his memories from travels and dreams to create colorful night time scenes from all over the world and completes his paintings with his thoughts and stories. Now you have the opportunity to visit and share Magnus places for dreams here at Kaknästornet! And what could be a better place to views all of these cities than in the tallest tower in Stockholm! You can also check out his art online at https://neonative.deviantart.com/ or on Instagram @magnusrappart

When did you know you wanted to become an artist?

Becoming an artist has never been an objective in itself for me. I have always loved creative activities, such as drawing, singing and making music. Therefore I think that my objective has always been to stay creative in my everyday life. It’s very important to me, because when I create things I feel a strong sense of meaningfulness. For me creativity is a wonderful force, a super-force, that opens up my senses and fantasy. For me, painting is a way to let go of heavy thoughts and to pause the everyday life. It’s a way for me to light up my days, because when I don’t paint, I think about the stories behind the paintings, new sceneries and I see so much that inspires me to new paintings. To paint has become an important part of my life. So, I guess the answer to the question is that I have never specifically wanted to become an artist. I just want to stay creative! To keep the super-force that I have found!

How did you develop your style as an artist?

I‘m not sure where my style comes from. I’m completely self-thought and the style has just developed without plans or goals. Only my feelings have control over how my artworks turns out. I think that my interest for details, for example in street scenes, comes from my love of drawing. However, most of all I think that my style comes from the fact that I want to create a scene or landscape which you can fantasize and dream about. I often paint places which I’ve been to and dream about returning to and therefore nostalgia plays an important part role. I want to paint that special moment which I carry in my dreams.

Why do you believe art is important?

For me, art is projected dreams and feelings. It’s a special language, without words. The ability to dream and feel is essential and the ability to take in and understand other peoples dreams and feelings are also essential. I think that through art we can come closer to our own and each others dreams and feelings. It is a unique way to communicate without the need for words.

Which artists inspire you and why?

I get inspired by all people who dares to be creative. I’m so impressed by all of the creativity on for example Instagram and communities like Deviantart. There is so much energy in all of that creativity! However, the artist that inspires me the most is Lars Lerin. Our techniques and style are not alike, but I just love how he uses layers of watercolors and how he creates a sense of light where there is almost complete darkness. Also, the size of his paintings are amazing and make them so monumental.

Have you traveled abroad and gotten inspiration from your travels?

Yes, travelling is one of my main sources for inspiration. Night time cityscapes are my absolute favorite scenery.  I always bring my colors with me when I travel and I love to paint both during the travel and afterwards from pictures and memories. Also, I always take a lot of photos when I travel. Often when I paint, I combine several photos with different scenes and angles from the same place, in order to capture that ”special feeling”. In September last year, I visited the small and rather remote Greek island of Tilos. I stayed there for three weeks an I painted almost every minute! It was a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to have an exhibitions with paintings from that trip in the future.

 

 

The cold is back but so are our soups!

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Soup, soup and more soup!

Things have been a little quiet on the blog over the last few weeks but we’re back and ready to keep you posted (pun very much intended) on what we’re up to here at the Tower.

September 22 marks the official end to Summer 2017 and as we move forward through the calendar we move into some colder months of the year. Nothing beats the cold better than a good, hot soup and that’s exactly why we’ve brought back soups into the weekly rotation of foods available here at the Tower of Love.

It’s believed that the first soup was made around 6000 BC and was made from hippopotamus. No worries, we won’t be serving hippo anytime soon but each week our chefs will be cooking up new and exciting soups for you to enjoy. To start things off we’ll be having pumpkin and sour apple soup with hazelnuts. What’s a better war to start the autumn season than a pumpkin soup? We may not be that big on Halloween this side of the world but pumpkins are universally known for being the root veg of choice when it comes to autumn!

There are several different types of soups, ranging from broth based soups to chowders and even to cold soups, known as gazpacho and served mostly in warmer countries like Spain. Everyone enjoys a good soup even Abe Lincoln and Andy Warhol, who’s created the 32 Soup Cans piece of art. So why not come on up to Kaknästornet and grab yourself a bowl of soup and enjoy the beautiful views of Stockholm that you can only find at Stockholm’s highest restaurant and bar!

As always, we get quite full during lunch times so please be sure to call ahead of time to book your table or alternatively you can find the booking section right here. You’ll also skip out on the entrance fee if you book ahead of time so that’s even more reason to give us a call! Our lunches still cost 125 SEK which includes water, coffee or tea, bread and access to a small salad bar.