Annika Carlsson's elegant non-representational paintings present visuals that are both dreamlike and perfectly focused. The works, which are often over three feet tall and squared rather than rectangular, show a patchwork of shapes and colors that Annika says reveal her Scandinavian influences. Each piece features a color grouping around a central light, bright tone: turquoises and kelly greens to complement a periwinkle, or indigos and ceruleans to go with a lavender. Annika chooses a single contrasting hue and uses it sparingly, to underline the scheme and create depth.
Compositionally, anyone from Mondrian to Seurat can be picked out in Annika's orderly work. Colors appear in geometric blocks and circles, but they are obviously hand-painted. They feature the slight texture and irregularity that come with the brushstroke. The paintings are thoughtful collections of forms. They ask the viewer to interpret space, overlap, and the inherent tension in combining order and chaos.
Annika was born in Helsingborg, Sweden and has also lived in New York City. She has also owned her own interior design store.