© Kuvasto 2016. Photo: © Bank of Finland
Kristian Krokfors (b. 1952) constructs his paintings and graphic prints from simple shapes, almost as one would build with Lego bricks. The subject of his works reminds us of both constructed and natural environments.
Originally Krokfors composed his works of imaginary architecture in the same way an architect might draft an axonometric diagram for a building site projection. Seeing the regular slope of the Andalusian hills, planted in regular rows with olive trees gave birth to the idea of using these garden-like surroundings as the inspiration for his works.
The charm of Krokfors’s art lies in the strong, clear use of colour together with their repetitive elements, and in the rhythm they create. On top of which, the environment of the pictures could be real even though they are some kind of miniature version or a model of a seemingly unrealistic world. The art critic Otso Kantokorpi has aptly associated Krokfors’s works with the style of Giorgio de Chirico’s early 20th Century metaphysical paintings. Their dream-like qualities, the long shadows cast by the objects and buildings are easily comparable with Krokfors’s works, despite the artist considering himself more of an abstract painter. In which case the form, colour and composition, are more important than the internal or external subject matter.
In any case, “Coloured Andalusia” raises the question of man’s influence on nature. Should it submit to such rigid order and should the man-made environment be so schematically buttoned up?