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.
In Ara Peterson's acrylic on birchwood compositions he visualises the invisible, wave patterns, forces not always visible to the eye but that constitute our perceptions. There is a strong undulating wave appearing horizontally and vertically in each work.
"Untitled", 2015, acrylic on wood, 40 x 65 x 2 inch. Image credits LOYAL and Ara Peterson.
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.
"Squishy Cube", 2019, acrylic and oil on canvas, 61 x 66 inch. Image credits LOYAL and Trudy Benson.
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.
"Glacier Rollercoaster", 2019, oilbar and acrylic on canvas, 59 x 79 inch. Image credits LOYAL and Jim Thorell.
New York painter Daniel Heidkamp approaches the horizon in his landscapes and interiors, using keyed up oil paint to portray the vibrational qualities of the place.
"Living Sunset", 2018, oil on linen, 24 x 54 inch. Image credits LOYAL and Daniel Heidkamp.
Justin Adian, like modernist artists before him concerned with issues of form and color, represents but does not reproduce reality. The titles elude to places, memories or activities, often inspired by the monochrome flatness of the desert landscape of his native Texas.
"Neverfull", 2019, oil enamel on canvas and felt over wood, 34 x 58 inch. Image credits LOYAL and Justin Adian.