Installationveiw Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Helena Lund Ek

Isaac Grünewalds ateljé

20-21 September 2019

Saltsjöbaden, Stockholm

Helena Lund Ek (b. 1988)  works with figurative painting, installation, sculpture and a conjunction of all. Often site-specific, the works spans from large scale collages in textile, applications and paint and small tempera and oil paintings with focus a on the symbolic use of method and material. The practice always involves a fusion of the literal, the bodily, the metaphorical and the spiritual. Lund Ek graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts Oslo in 2014 and now lives in Stockholm.

Selected solo shows includes; Crack an Egg, Tegel (Stockholm), the Loud wordless Process, Johan Berggren Gallery (Malmö), CELEBRATION, MEGA foundation (Stockholm), Helena Lund Ek & Batur, Taverna Brillo (Stockholm), Friends in the Studio, Destiny’s Atelier (Oslo) and selected group show; A Seed´s A Star, Loyal Gallery (Stockholm), Den folkliga självstyrelsens livsluft, Mint Konsthall (Stockholm), Uttran II 2019 (Stockholm), Modernautställningen With the Future behind us, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Chart art Fair Emerging (copenhagen), KALEIDOSKOP, Island Oslo (Oslo), Nouveau Naïve, Ram Gallery (Oslo). ALMA, perment work inhouse (Stockholm), Material Art Fair (Mexico City) represented by MEGA foundation, Ytterstad, Johan Berggren Gallery (Malmö), Lopsided Upthrust, B.O.A, (Oslo),  Talents' Archive Project, Curated by Double Decker Agency London, OCC (Athens).


      Solo Shows         

Crack an Egg


Soloshow at Tegel, Stockholm, presented by MEGA

October 13 – November 24, 2018

Exhibition open every Saturday between 14:00-17:00

and by appointment until November 24.



Sorrow depends on strength to exist; mourning is a fist fight, tears seize energy, melancholy is resolute. But when agony circumvents rationality and encamps flesh, muscles, veins, organs, how do we instruct the body to withstand?


MEGA Foundation is proud to present Helena Lund Ek’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Crack an Egg is an intimate exploration of separation within oneself. As an isolated action merely apolitical and individual, yet a source of controversy and bloodshed due to history and context. Focused around the I and the body as well as personal grief and endurance, the works are based on Lund Ek’s own emotional and physical experience.


The scale of the sculptures and paintings varies from the miniature to the massive, while material, technique and motif creates inseparable contradictions. The picture of a pink peony rising from a silver colored gym weight is composed of expressive strokes in wall paint, water-color and oil on canvas. Attached to the composition is a raw, abstract clay sculpture seemingly writhing in pain. The image of an austere woman situated in a mundane home setting with a runny fried egg in her hand — sunny side up — is in direct dialogue with the usage of egg tempera on roughly textured sand-gesso. Colorful geraniums in bloom are keeping her company. Glazed ceramic boxing gloves in shiny red are resting on sturdy concrete stone. Their finish is irregular, as if fashioned by a trembling hand. Monumental, standing rectangular paintings are balancing on disproportionately small dumbbells and clenched fists in plaster. Both abstract and corporeal in expression, the work reflects how physicality and identity, though not naturally coherent, inevitably affect each other.


Crack an Egg is ultimately portraying the dichotomy of being in control of and at the same time controlled by the body, and its consequential vulnerability and forcefulness. It’s a depiction of gratitude and involuntary guilt presented in a space for feeling or not feeling while observing embodied emotion. 


Text by Lo Hallén


83 x 73 cm

Eggtempera on sand-gesso


Installation veiws


Rosa Pion, wallpaint, watercolor, oil on

canvas, clay, yarn, 210 x 85 cm, 2018



Kiki, eggtempera on sandgesso,

29 x 20 cm, 2018



Melanie,eggtempera on sandgesso,

63 x 53 cm, 2018



The Body, gips, stone,

85 x 30 x 30 cm, 2018



Paula & Alice, eggtempera on sandgesso,

93 x 83 cm, 2018




Flush, eggtempera on sandgesso,

20 x 29 cm, 2018



Joan B., eggtempera on sandgesso,

83 x 73 cm, 2018



Dona, eggtempera on sandgesso,

83 x 73 cm, 2018



Red right glove, Red left glove,

ceramik, stone, 28 x 19 x 8 cm, 2018



Milk & Wine, watercolor, milk,

3,5 x 4 m, 2018

Break of Your Back

Installation at Chart art Fair 2018

Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen



the Loud wordless process

Johan Berggren gallery

Spring 2015


Johan Berggren Gallery is pleased to announce Helena Lund Ek’s first solo exhibition at

the gallery, Lund Ek (b.1988, Stockholm) graduated from the National Academy of Fine

Arts, Oslo, in 2014. She works primarily with painting, with the pure act of painting, as

installation and sculpture.


The exhibition 'The loud wordless process' stems from a personal experience of loss and

becomes a meditation on painting that feeds the interrogation of the connection

between art and life. There is a strong emphasis on tactile material, bleeding oil colour

on unprimed fabric with the incorporation of traditional handicraft elements such as

textiles and embroidery. Large paintings, sewn together float over the ground carrying

clear visual statements.


Between painterly surface and supple structure a nether-world of paint and soil, angels

and spirits is summoned from the history of painting, to witness and partake in the

recreation of the life of its figures in our secular age still struggling to articulate the

nature of our strangest intuitions. Bodies negotiate the physical limits of their

appearance with what gives them life and movement, the process whereby the figure's

mobility is increased – the addition of planes surplus to the flatness of the wall-bound

canvas – suggests the possibility of extra dimensions to their representation. Which can

be taken as a matter of course for the work and the possibilities of seeing, as opposed

to being merely a formal exploration of painting's extended field.


Lund Ek conceives of the place of painting as a critical space for the testing of effective

means of secular faith and prayer. The question of experiencing transcendence is posed

as part of the poetic procedure of painting as at once flight and grounding. With one

foot on the ground the other in the sky, Lund Ek’s painting is at once serious and playful,

creating a wordless discussion between divinities and mortals on the nature of art and life.

Jonathan Beecroft



MEGA foundation, Stockholm

Spring 2016


At the centre of me and you the heart beats. Inside the red flesh goes the pumping blue veins, which stretch along our whole body. The flesh and the love of life, which makes our heart go on, through the days of slumber, into the days of colours. All along pumps the heart, until it stops and beats no more.


MEGA Foundation is proud to present Helena Lund Ek’s solo exhibition CELEBRATION—a feast and an energy swung from huge fabric-collages, through a glass-sculpture, and into intimate watercolours.

A future expressionism, where the brush stroke is coupled with a fine thread and where colours beat in vivid and resounding statements. Lund Ek’s work evolves around a language pertaining to the precarious ’I’ and its utterance in painting and the body, which it represents anew in every sensous encounter, in a tone that is both plaintive and ecstatic. CELEBRATION is a juxtaposing continuation of her solo show the Loud wordless process at Johan Berggren Gallery in 2015.



Portrait of Friends

Destiny´s Atelier, Oslo

jan 2017
















Helena Lund Ek med Batur

Taverna Brillo, Stockholm April 2017


Utställningen är ett samarbete mellan Helena Lund Ek (f. 1988, Sverige) och Batur (f. 1999, Afghanistan).


Måleri betraktas i regel som en ensam process. Även om konsten som sådan ofta har en säregen förmåga att ena människor ger själva skapandeprocessen sällan rum för mer än en. Särskilt få är de målare som väljer att dela sin duk med någon annan. I utställningen Helena Lund Ek med Batur möter vi två konstnärer som har upplåtit sina konstnärliga förmågor till ett delat projekt och genom dialogiskt måleri, samtidigt präglat av lek och motstånd, uttrycker sig med en enad stämma.


Tillsammans har de skapat tre större oljemålningar i panoramaformat, totalt uppdelade på åtta dukar. De använder sig av starka färger och direkta motiv som ger upphov till ett kraftfullt uttryck. Målningarna tematiserar religiösa föreställningar om gudomlig hierarki med hjälp av besynnerliga utsnitt ur helvete och himmel. Samtidigt gestaltar de temata som makt, land, jord och plats.


Ifrågasättandet av maktanspråken bakom religionens samtidigt löftesrika och hotfulla bilder utgjorde ett av huvudskälen till att Batur tvingades fly sitt hemland och nu befinner sig i asylprocessen i Sverige. Därför kallar Helena Batur för ”The Rebel”. Batur vet inte riktigt vad ”The Rebel” betyder men säger att om han hade varit tyst hade han lika gärna kunna stannat kvar i Afghanistan. Om det är till helvetet alla musiker, poeter och konstnärer kommer så är det ändå dit han vill.

Text av Astrid Grelz


(1 of 3) Himmel, 2017, 210 x 85 cm

(1 of 3) Land, 2107, 210 x 85 cm

(1 of 3) helvetet, 2107, 210 x 85 cm


Mexico City, Mexico

Represented by MEGA Foundation, Stockholm

 Group show/single work   

The Bed, Uttran II, 2019

Photo by Emilie Palmelund

& Andreas Tang

Iron, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2019

Parham, 2017, 230 x 130 cm


Julia Bondesson, Andreas Eriksson, Goldin+Senneby, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Helena Lund Ek, Viktor Rosdahl, Emanuel Röhss, Eirik Sæther, Maria von Hausswolff.


Lene Baadsvig Ørmen, Linda Lersteth, Anders Holen,

Knut Ivar Aaser, Helena Lund Ek, Mikael Lo Presti

Lily Of the valley

Venus, Lily Of the valley

Kyss, The internship, Slurdsula Gallery 2016

Gagnef festival 2017

Mohamed, 32 x 40 cm

UKS One Night Only, Oslo

Alicia, 60 x 60 cm, 2018

Micke och Behin, 200 x 160 cm

    Permant work at ALMA, Stockholm                    

    THE STUDIO      

Studion 5 mars 2019

Ölands Konstskola 2010

Oslos Art Academy 2011 -2012

A-K Dolvens Studio London 2013

Glasgow school of Art 2013

Oslos Art Academy 2014

Home, Oslo 2014

Nackagatan 11, Stockholm, 2014 - 2017

Recidency Warnemunde

Edward Munch House

Summer  2015

   Last pic at Nackagatan 11, House torned down.


Stureby, Stockholm, 2018