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 Ola Billgren  (1940 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: Sweden/Denmark      Known for: abstract and photoreal painting, graphics, collage

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Born in Copenhagen, Ola Billgren became a painter in watercolor and oil and also did collage and graphic art.  His early training was from his artist parents, Hans Billgren and Grete Lutzhoft-Billgren.  By age 13, he was exhibiting watercolors and ink drawings locally in Skane, Sweden where his family had moved shortly after his birth.  When he was 18, he traveled to Spain with his father, and saw art activity that much impacted his work.

Billgren settled in Lund, Sweden in 1960, and first did much lyrical abstract painting and participated in many group exhibitions.  However, in 1963, he began doing photo-realist images, and in 1966, had an exhibition at the Galleri Karlsson in Stockholm.  During the 1970s, he added elements of collage to his artwork, which continued into the 1880s and "gradually evolved towards a colorism with romantic overtones."

Ola Billgren did set design at the Malmo City Theatre in Malmo, Sweden, including for plays by Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Duras, and in 1964, he produced a short film, Ill Wind.  He became a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sweden, and from 1973, lived in Malmo and Loderup.

He died in October 2001, and the following year a The Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmo, Sweden, held a retrospective of his work.

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