MATS PEHRSON

artist


URBAN LANDSCAPES
Every building and place have a story to tell. Memories and a burden of a city’s soul. In a series of oil paintings, I am exploring how major cities are becoming more and more generic and gentrified. As a reaction towards these changes of the urban landscape - both from observations in New York City and from traveling abroad - I peruse the cities to find old and sometimes even abandoned buildings and places, researching their history. A history captured on to canvas, that otherwise might get lost and forever will be gone and forgotten. The subjects have become immortalized and protected from destruction, human interference and climate changing disasters. My paintings will not last forever, but it’s an effort to honor our past, our history and maybe – a city’s lost soul. The paintings are detail oriented without being photorealistic. They are painterly with built up texture, visible brush strokes and emphasis on shadows and light.
KILLARNEY ROSE, oil on canvas, 40x36 inches

KILLARNEY ROSE, oil on canvas, 40x36 inches

PAINT FACTORY, oil on canvas, 48x28 inches

PAINT FACTORY, oil on canvas, 48x28 inches

165 EAST BROADWAY, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

165 EAST BROADWAY, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

54 GREAT JONES STREET, oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

54 GREAT JONES STREET, oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

BUILDING ON ERMOU STREET, oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches

BUILDING ON ERMOU STREET, oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches

DOG ON BALCONY, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

DOG ON BALCONY, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

KELLER HOTEL, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

KELLER HOTEL, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches

SYMBOLS ON A CONCRETE WALL, oil on canvas, 36x40 inches

SYMBOLS ON A CONCRETE WALL, oil on canvas, 36x40 inches

DESOLATED BACK YARD, oil on canvas, 28x36 inches

DESOLATED BACK YARD, oil on canvas, 28x36 inches

CEMENT FACTORY, oil on canvas, 32x32 inches

CEMENT FACTORY, oil on canvas, 32x32 inches

EL RAVAL, oil on canvas, 24x24 inches

EL RAVAL, oil on canvas, 24x24 inches

DICKEY HOUSE ON EDGAR STREET, oil on canvas

DICKEY HOUSE ON EDGAR STREET, oil on canvas

WAREHOUSE INTERIOR, oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

WAREHOUSE INTERIOR, oil on canvas, 30x40 inches

BENCH IN FRUA╠łNGEN, oil on canvas, 20x26inches

BENCH IN FRUA╠łNGEN, oil on canvas, 20x26inches

ALLEY IN PYLOS, oil on canvas, 20x26 inches

ALLEY IN PYLOS, oil on canvas, 20x26 inches

KARDAMILI, oil, marble dust, fabric, twine on canvas, 40x36 inches

KARDAMILI, oil, marble dust, fabric, twine on canvas, 40x36 inches

HONOR OUR PAST, IMAGINE OUR FUTURE, oil, marble dust, twine on canvas, 40x36 inches

HONOR OUR PAST, IMAGINE OUR FUTURE, oil, marble dust, twine on canvas, 40x36 inches