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With a quotation from the Old Testament Genesis: "Let there be light - and there was light", shows Gunnar Qvist his artistic intentions: in an abstract idiom to show light battle against darkness and final victory. An idiom, an expression and a philosophy that is metaphysical in the form of "The Big Bang" - the big bang beginning of the world, where everything is born out of nothing.

Physically, you can see how the bright, strong colors in Gunnar Qvists paintings and wears himself free from the background dark and shoot all the way to the forefront. From the pictures, where the dark primordial soup only informed of flimsy flashes of intermediate stages, where the battle seems drawn to the brightly lit paintings, where jewel shimmering red, yellow, green and blue colors explodes onto the viewer's retina. A comparison with the music is obvious: from the dark moles tones to the bright, optimistic major chords in an ever-changing variety. Thus you will find in the painting "First Symphony," the brilliant reds and yellows "top" of the image, while the background is deep blue and the green color a sort of pause or rock between the two farvesymfoniske regions. Something that the world-famous artist and color theorist Wassily Kandinski would have been able to nod approvingly to.

Time and again Gunnar Qvist refers to birth and rebirth. Like when he calls a painting of "phoenix", "Easter Morning" or "Spring". For the most part, the joy, optimism and light, which goes out on top in almost jubilant images, but a painting as a "world destruction" also demonstrates that one should never underestimate the forces of darkness.

It is clear that Gunnar Qvist such a theme, and with so much of the heart would be more than just create decorative canvases. Almost entirely without the use of figurative narrative elements he will show both the spiritual and the physical processes behind the outer world of phenomena: seasonal time, the cosmic forces, the religious experience of love phenomenal forces, even the miracle of life. One should therefore not interpret and analyze Gunnar Qvists pictures with his intellect. You have to see them, feel them and make color tones merge with vibrations in one's own mind. As a piece of music by Mozart you should really just get carried away by the current. Without parades, with the mind voted.

Tom Jørgensen

Editor of Kunstavisen