he is mostly recognised for the photo realistic and humoristic oil paintings
depicting the everyday life of an anonymous superhero. The series ranges
from the superhero’s first mission as a toddler to being an old man, still
struggling with everyday trivialities.
Other themes include horses and muscle cars. The horses are painted as
dalecarlia horses, a famous symbol from the Swedish region of Dalecarlia,
where Andreas was born.
To share insights and thoughts, experience and humor. At the same time the insights from working with communication gave me the tools from where I built my foundation as an artist. For me it has always been two careers living in symbiosis – being an Art Director and an artist – with the common theme of storytelling and communicating.”
and releases hot-blooded topics of conversation with his portrayals. The
one who won’t refuse the aging reality any longer will find the answer to the
question of prime age by the medium of Englund’s artworks. His realistically
painted pictures share his deepest thoughts and private motives. And the
most important thing is that they tell stories. Humour is seen as a tool that
disabuses his thoughts and ideas of pretentiousness and that opens up new
doors, ways and perspectives in a breath. That’s how the flaws and vices of
Englund’s “Superhero” ensure that many people can identify themselves with
this kind of human weakness. In a kind of tender comic on a huge canvas,
Englund describes the hero who is slowly but surely spending his remaining
years with human traits as a link between the artist himself and the viewer.
It was extremely important to Englund to portray the aging process with
an intensified presence. If you want to accord credibility to a character, the
character himself needs to face up reality and the aging process. He has
to acknowledge to himself that he cannot live up to expectations and that
the “perfect life” is nothing more than wishfulness. Englund’s artworks are
focused on the maturing process. Even in the old age it is still possible to
achieve something valuable although someone’s drive and vigour won’t blust-
be recognised and respected for what he has achieved in life. Despite all the
inner disunity, harm and supreme contempt we get to know a man with the
ability of a mental rock-star with a lot of self-confidence. He is ready to show
the world that he is still able to give proof of his bad-ass character. He is not
afraid of facing the truth although some people might think that his time is
already overdue. Through Andreas Englund’s art, the motto “A man is as old
as he feels” attributes a new meaning. Ain’t each and every one of us has his
personal superhero whose superpowers can be supportive of the great age?
Every one of us will find himself in the same situation as the “Aging Superhero” anytime soon. Of course, all good things must come to an end but we don’t have to bow to social marginalisation. One day we all will be old and start realise we need to dial it down and stop pushing on harder. In a worldwide society where mostly older people live, we need a survival packet with superpowers in order to make sure that everybody can film his own superhero blockbuster. With certainty there’s a superhero in every one of us. With this is mind, you should mobilise your superpowers and make sure not to avoid your inner fight against your sunset years.
Kobra is a Swedish TV program from the Swedish national public TV broadcaster – SVT. The program follows the latest trends about Art all over the world.
(Text taken from SVT Play)
What would you do if you had super powers? Kobra meets up with Andreas Englund who’s gained international attention for his own superhero. But instead of small comic strips he paints his hero in large formats and hilarious contexts.
Producer: Martin Vårstedt
Editor: Jane Magnusson
Editing: Oskar Lagerwall, Hannes Carlsson
Photo: Hannes Carlsson
Time length: 3 min 27 sec