Ida Ekblad’s (b. 1980) artistic practice incorporates painting, sculpture, performance, filmmaking as well as poetry. Her works transmit a distinct vibrancy and spontaneity, created through the energetic movement of her compositions, the bold application of colour and the attentive use of found materials. Ekblad's expressive paintings often depict winding and twisted lines, some indicate human-like figures, others resemble landscapes. The forms and gestures found in her work derive from a wide variety of inspirations and art historical references, such as CoBrA, Situationism and Abstract Expressionism but also pop cultural aesthetics like graffiti or cartoon that indicate Ekblad’s genre-crossing approach.
‘At the heart of this work is an energy, one that is palpably manifest in her finished images and objects. It is explicit in the manual strength required to construct one of her sculptures or to scramble up a scrapheap, yet also implicit in the movement, form and scale of her painting. Ekblad’s work is formed of contradiction; that of the social and the solitary, the physical and the contemplative. In Ekblad’s work, these similarities and differences are held in a delicate balance.’
Sarah McCrory, ‘Ida Ekblad’, in Ida Ekblad: Poem Percussion, exh. cat., Bergen: Bergen Kunsthalle, 2010, p. 27
Image: EVANESCERE - ESVANIR - ESVANISS, 2022, oil on linen, in artist’s frame, 183.2 x 143.2 x 5.5 cm.; 72 1/8 x 56 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
la mia ceramica
Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Rebecca Warren, Edmund de Waal
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal
BOOK OF BOREDOM (group show)
Frieze Sculpture, London
14 September – 13 November 2022
A monumental, painted sculpture in bronze, BOOK OF BOREDOM, ...
Melted Snow, 2022 (book launch)
Friday 23 September, 4 – 5 PM
Matthew Barney, Ida Ekblad, Julian Schnabel, Thomas Struth et al.
Solidarity Prints for Artists at Risk
A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021
now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park
Structurally, the work is composed of four parts that are ...
Minigraph: Ida Ekblad in conversation with Joe Bradley (publication)
"Painting to me works like a secret, like shrouded poetry, it's a container of a very precise ...
Untitled, 2014 featured on the cover of Danish electronic musician Kasper Marott's latest record release
OCEAN GIRLS, 2020 featured on the cover of ELLE Norway, Green issue no.5