LOYAL, established in 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden, is now located in a townhouse in Stockholm’s Lärkstaden, in the former Embassy of Brazil.
Since its first exhibition, LOYAL has focused on bringing international artists mainly from New York and Los Angeles to Scandinavia. The gallery is run by co-founders Martin Lilja and Amy Giunta.
For Market Art Fair 2021 Loyal brings a group presentation of six artists: Trudy Benson, Ethan Cook, Daniel Heidkamp, Greg Ito, Jim Thorell and Rachel Eulena Williams.
Stockholm painter Jim Thorell uses an impressionistic use of color to drive the composition. Like landscapes, as if viewed from above, below, forwards and backwards at once, Jim completely disintegrates the horizon line, while still portraying landscape as the subject with strong horizontal movements across the canvas.
'Ice Sea Barnacle Grove', 2021, Oil on linen, 120 x 152 cm. Image credits LOYAL and Jim Thorell.
Rachel Eulena Williams
Rachel Eulena Williams challenges the physical and traditional forms of painting and its presentation in canvases sewn and deconstructed with sculptural elements. Rope visually and structurally holds the works together while functioning formally as line with a power of movement that continues even after the physical action of construction has been completed.
'Doll', 2018, acrylic and rope on wood panel, 114 x 102 cm. Image credits LOYAL and Rachel Eulena Williams.
Cook's approaching the concept of painting without using a drop of paint. Instead all focus revolves around reducing and refining the existential materiality. His hand-woven canvases of colored thread, are then stitched together to create abstract color field compositions in a ferocious play with color and shape.
'Purple Moon', 2021, Hand woven cotton and linen framed, 102 x 152 cm. Image credits LOYAL and Ethan Cook.
New York abstract painter Trudy Benson takes the horizon line as the key defining factor. Here the horizon disappears completely in her floating, layered shape compositions.
Trudy Benson (born 1985 in Richmond, Virginia) lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute (New York) and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond).
'Pull Away', 2021, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 168 x 155 cm. Image credits LOYAL and Trudy Benson.
Greg Ito paints dream-like worlds inspired by his hometown of Los Angeles with a lexicon of symbols including burning candles, keyholes, windows, using a distinct palette in scenes of wildfires, disaster, and destruction, while asserting an optimistic outlook with icons of new life—growing vines, flittering butterflies, and transcendent skies
'Paradise', 2021, acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 50 x 200 inches. Image credits LOYAL and Greg Ito.
Heidkamp approaches his landscapes and interiors using keyed up oil paint to portray the vibrational qualities of places he identifies as significant art historically, translating this energy onto the canvas, he highlights the layered aspect of reality, merging the here and now with history and future.
Daniel Heidkamp (born 1980, Wakefield, MA) lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 2003.
'Umbrella Pines', 2020, oil on linen, 122 x 91 cm. Image credits LOYAL and Daniel Heidkamp.