Cecilia Hillström Gallery
About the gallery
Cecilia Hillström Gallery was founded in 2012 in the gallery district at Hudiksvallsgatan in Stockholm.
The gallery represents both well-established and emerging artists, who have been represented by the gallery throughout their careers. Having recently relocated to a larger space, Cecilia Hillström Gallery now presents parallel exhibitions at the gallery.
Gallery artists work in a variety of media; painting, photography, sculpture, video or interdisciplinary projects. A focus on the artistic process, strong contextual ambitions and inherent materiality are key components of the artists’ practice.
Tova Mozard (SE)
Leif Engström (SE)
Alexander Tallén (SE)
The uncertainty one experiences as a viewer encountering the photographs and video works of Tova Mozard is related to the extent to which we are used to reading images and their contents. Mystery is a key element in her photographs together with the information that has been omitted. The sense of finding yourself in the middle of a story is striking. Although Mozard's compositions are made up of decayed environments, film sets and bizarre characters making her photographs visually attractive, the viewer is left with a feeling that is both nostalgic and saturated.
Tova Mozard (b.1978) holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy and has studied photography at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Ladies' Room, Los Angeles, 1646 Art Gallery, Hague, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, and Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm. In addition, Mozard has exhibited at Sven-Harrys konstmuseum, Stockholm, Scandinavia House, New York, Fullersta Gård, Moderna Museet, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Malmö Art Museum and Artipelag, Stockholm, Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Passagen Konsthall, Linköping. Tova Mozard's work is included in the collections of Moderna Museet, Hasselblad Foundation, Malmö Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden and Norrköping Art Museum. Tova Mozard lives and works in Stockholm and Los Angeles.
Portrait of Tova Mozard. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.
Tova Mozard, 'Signs' (2021). C-print, walnut frame, museum glass, 53 x 64.5 cm, edition of 5.
Tova Mozard, 'Channeling Elizabeth Short' (2020). Pigment print, museum glass, walnut frame, 103 x 128 cm, edition of 5.
Leif Engström's poetic paintings of suburban landscapes and dense forests hold a mysterious quality. The works convey a sense of both melancholy and wonder, where the rendering of light and nature plays an important part. In close dialogue with art history, Engström is an urban explorer - a contemporary version of the Impressionist flâneur, taking inspiration from his everyday life and surroundings. A tension is created in the contrast between civilization and vegetation in his work.
Leif Engström (b. 1992) holds an MFA and BFA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Engström has exhibited at Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sandgrund, Karlstad, Arvika Konsthall, Rackstadmuseet, Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, and Konstfrämjandet Bergslagen, Örebro. In 2021, he was awarded the scholarship of Marianne och Sigvard Bernadottes konstnärsfond, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's one-year working grant, as well as the Åke Andrén Stiftelsen artist prize. He is represented in the collections of Stockholm Konst, Region Värmland, SAK, Arvika and Örebro Muncipality and in the Ståhl Collection.
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Portrait of Leif Engström. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.
Leif Engström, 'Den ensamma tiden' (2022). Olja, akryl på duk, 129 x 169 cm. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.
Leif Engström, 'Morgonhuset' (2022). Oil on canvas, ash wood frame, 68.5 x 95 cm. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Alexander Tallén works with porcelain figurines combining art historical tableaux and motifs of contemporary endeavours. The contrast between the historical medium and the contemporary content effectively displays universal human pursuits, executed with an impressive level of detail and precision.
Alexander Tallén (b. 1988) is based in Stockholm and has an MFA from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm (2015). Exhibitions include Höganäs Museum, the Thiel Gallery, Stockholm, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Skövde Art Museum, Rian Designmuseum, Falkenberg and Vida Museum & Konsthall, Borgholm. He was awarded the Young Applied Artists Scholarship, Bengt Julin Fund, administered by the Friends of National Museum of Fine Arts in 2019. Tallén is represented in the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Malmö Art Museum, Borås Art Museum, Uppsala Art Museum, Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden and The Warehouse | Art Museum and Research Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA.
Portrait of Alexander Tallén. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.
Alexander Tallén, 'To Have What I Once Had' (2022). Stoneware, enamels, gold, 23 x 11 x 27 cm. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.
Alexander Tallén, 'Been Through This Before' (2022). Stoneware, enamels, 36 x 22 x 11 cm. Image courtesy of Cecilia Hillström Gallery and the artist.