Galleri Magnus Karlsson


Galleri Magnus Karlsson was founded in 1990. The gallery is located in the building of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

The gallery focusses on long-term representations of Swedish artists. Galleri Magnus Karlsson functions as a platform with public exhibitions, talks and events, and collaborates with fellow galleries and institutions both in Sweden and internationally.

Maria Nordin

Maria Nordin addresses the relationship between the human body and its surrounding physical reality. Maria Nordin received great attention for her large-scale watercolours and animations already during her education at the Royal Institute of Art (2005–2010). In 2011, she received the Becker’s Art Award and had an extensive solo exhibition at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. Nordin is frequently exhibited at galleries and museums around Sweden, and has already become an influential artist who has renewed and developed watercolour painting.

The rich flow of watercolours is truly Maria Nordin’s element. She prefers working in large format, with flowing paints and distinctly applied nuances. The most familiar pieces are brash depictions of human figures with vividly pink skin tones, while the background tends to be scaled down. It is as if the bodies had been tossed into empty space and are captured mid-movement. Her portraiture is often strikingly trimmed down. Nordin’s pictures encompass both fragility and decisiveness, as well as precision and freedom. Pleasant and unpleasant qualities are found in equal measure in distinctive imagery that tends towards mysticism, and where the body becomes an emotional landscape.

Maria Nordin (b.1980 in Linköping) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.


"Hands to Feet Pose", 2019, 96 x 71.5 cm, watercolour on paper. Image credits Galleri Magnus Karlsson and Maria Nordin.