Arngrim Larsen’s art is borne from his feelings and it is his therapy to understand and accept himself and the world. In our first meeting, Arngrim had already explained to me that he sees colours in and around himself and others: “Like other people can hear music in their heads, I see colours and patterns and they need to be expressed.” High time to find out how this soft-spoken and humble young artist is doing.
Q&A with Arngrim Larsen (Sweden)
As an artist, what is your biggest dream?
I guess I would say to master my craft. But I am not sure that’s even possible. I see art as a living thing, something that grows and changes with you. So it would be more to be able to master “me”. Easier said, my biggest dream would be to make a living with my art, and devote the rest of my life fully to the arts.
As an artist, what do you consider to be your biggest challenge?
To not be discouraged when getting stuck creatively and to not lose focus. As I grow as an artist I tend to look back at both past mistakes and successes. I think this is also a result of the past year where I went through a lot of change personally; therefore my art and ways of expression changed along with it. Looking back, I have not had a consistent way to express myself. Instead, I have to find myself within the moment. This has been a challenge indeed.
I also feel it’s important not to have a fixed view of my art, or what it is supposed to be, or look like. Allow me to be freer in both style and expression; freedom to let inspiration come and go.
What do you consider your greatest talent?
I like to think I am capable to capture and draw emotions and states of the world around me. I close my eyes and envision marks on the paper; how the different lines and colours will interact, what emotions they express and how to transfer them onto the paper or canvas.
I am absolutely not good in…
Marketing myself in a consistent and good way. I rather put my pen to the paper and think about lines and subjects. The curse of being creative, or so I have heard. I think it relates to the previous question. When I close my eyes I see lines being drawn, images being made rather than thoughts on where and how I can promote myself.
I consider myself rich when…
I consider myself rich when I sit down with a cup of tea and a sketchbook. Closing my eyes, floating away in my thoughts and seeing new images come to life. Or simply sharing that cup of tea with a friend, while playing a board game.
The artist I admire most is…
It is difficult to mention just one, as I can mention a whole list: Marc Folly, Sonal Nathwani, Hadley Radt, Anna Tsvell and many others. But overall I think the one artist I admire most has to be Gerhard Richter (1932), a German visual artist. Working through his different styles, and with different materials. Many of his works speak to me, both in style and expression.
What do you wish for yourself in 2020?
I wish to be able to make a living with my art. This has been my dream for a long time and I can’t say that it has changed at all over the years. But this year I definitely wish to be more consistent in my expression and overall style. I am already working on a new portfolio of works showing exactly that!
More on Arngrim Larsen
If you’d like to read more about Arngrim Larsen, you can go to the account of our initial talk back in May 2018. It is available for you in our Meeting the Artist Blog pages.
Alternatively, you can browse Arngrim’s Profile page, where you’ll find more information on him, along with the works we currently have listed for him. You can also follow Arngrim, our Gallery and the other artists we represent, on Artsper, our online partner.