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ALLEGORICAL INTIMACY BY ERIK THOR SANDBERG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Erik Thor Sandberg produces oil-on-canvas paintings centered on the expressive, allegorical power of the nude. Like earlier masters of his medium, Sandberg explores the intimate, uncanny connection between oil paint and human flesh and considers the figure to be painting’s most natural subject matter.

erik thor sandberg, painting, oil, nude, intimate, expressive, upper playground

Using symbolism both established and personal, Sandberg creates narratives without definitive beginnings or ends; he captures pivotal moments and isolates them from time. Upon these suspended moments, the artist abstains from casting judgment and rather, empathizes with the figures that are often transfixed by self-wrought disaster.

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