Born 1953 in Hässleholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.
Rita Lundqvist employs a reductive vocabulary of forms and images to create minimal compositions that suggest mysterious narratives. Flat geometric forms describe landscapes whose dominant feature is usually a single linear horizon. Figures and objects are set within these landscapes, themselves rendered as a formal combination of geometric elements. Figures, or characters that are uniform in scale and perspective and vary only slightly in gesture and position populate Lundqvist’s canvases. Within the context of this compositional repetition, the figures deconstruct as symbols and themselves become formal elements. The characters’ divergent activities and the situations they find themselves in have usually been suggested by a single object, or prop. In the later paintings, however, there are more characters and fewer props, which gives rise to a greater interaction.