Mikael Biström based in Gothenburg (Sweden) is the mind behind some of the more interesting artworks I’ve seen lately. Coffee and Ink are the ingredients in his Etsy shop. Fortunately for petiteCurie he happens to be the boyfriend of a very dear friend mine so a short interview with him wasn’t really that hard to get! (read or die)
Tell us a bit about your background as an artist and how you started out?
I got a lot of encouragement as a kid for my drawings, and by chance I started studying “media & communication” instead of “science” at high school. I studied art for two years just to try it out before I started my bachelor of design education. I then realized I wanted to do illustration, or maybe graphic design.
You’re selling some really impressive portraits of famous people in your Etsy shop, what inspired you to make the series? Each portrait has a written frase on it, what’s the meaning behind that?
Thank you very much! It started out as a project to make portraits of nobel prize winners, but I later on decided to make portraits of people that have inspired me in some way. The frase on each portrait is either a quote or something from a song that the person has written. Sometimes when I browse the web I get a quotations overdose. Maybe that’s what’s seeping into the portraits. But I try too choose words that I can relate to. Perhaps it’s from a song that I have listened to and means a lot to me or maybe it’s something that I think is funny or just good words to keep in mind.
Your paintings are made witth coffee (??) & ink, is that a typical “style” of yours?
A friend of mine inspired me to use coffee once. Since then I have used it frequently. I think it lends a really nice tone to the paintings. Especially when it blends with the ink in unexpected ways. As for style I haven’t really decided where to go. For me the coffee paintings are one of many paths I might take in the future.
How come you’ve decided to sell original art instead of cheaper prints?
I started the Etsy shop as kind of an experiment and didn’t really think about prints at first. I might do some prints in the future, but I like the idea of sending out something original in the world. I feel it keeps me going, making new art.
Tell us a bit about Studio Triangular?
Studio Triangular is my illustration & graphic design business found at studiotriangular.com. I have made logos and cd- & lp-covers as well as editorial illustration and web design. I hope to make books as well in the future. I really like printed matter.
Thank you for taking an interest in my work and what I do
p.s don’t forget to check out Mikaels ETSY SHOP for more portraits!