A painting has to capture my imagination before I can call it done. Once I’ve connected the visual design to a particular memory or perception my creative struggle can settle to a state of completion. Simultaneously, some element must allow the strangeness of living in the 21st century to transmit through the layers of paint. I enjoy the challenge of achieving this with an increasingly outmoded medium. In particular, the pervasive personal and cultural impact of digital interfaces and concern for the eroding state of our environment find expression. Abstract art mystifies most people, but can still spark meaningful discussion. Our world is broken and I contend with it by painting. My work acknowledges this brokenness, while by its very existence insisting we find a way to live in hope.
Björn was born in Nürnberg, Germany in 1980. At 8 years old, he moved with his family to the Philippines and spent the rest of his childhood in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Malaysia. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember, as nearly everything that interested him became inspiration for an image. He moved to Oklahoma in 2000, and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Fine Art and Education in 2005. Holding his first solo exhibit at IAO gallery in Oklahoma City in 2006, he continued to regularly show his work, along with teaching high school art for twelve years. He now lives in Albany, New York, and expects to earn his MFA in painting from the University at Albany in 2019.