Emma Bjurström

Emma Bjurstrom (b.  1986 Uppsala, Sweden) lives and works in Virrestad, Sweden. She studied fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2011-2014) and has since favoured painting as a medium. History plays an important role in her practice, and through her paintings she reconfigures, re-interprets and reinvigorates old artefacts and symbols. Often informed and led by research, Bjurstrom has previously, for instance, incorporated traditional Swedish crafts and customs in both sculptures and paintings. Nineteenth century painting is moreover an important reference point for her and she cites artists such as Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent and Édouard Manet as prominent influences. Her solo shows include Timber and Stone, Stockholm, Sweden (2021), Absentminded Deformation, Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden (2018) and Överkloster, Skåne, Sweden. Her work has been included in group shows at Olseröds Konsthall, Österlen, Sweden (2021,2020), Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden and Galleri Hörnan, Falun, Sweden (2015).