Norrköping - Sweden
Organizer - Mats
Carlsson - Lotta Olsson - Palmgruppen
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The Salon this year was held in Sweden, from 9 'till 11
April 1999.The event took place in the town of
Norrköping. It was organized by Palmgruppen and
sponsored by the Swedish Federation of Painting
The private demonstration hall.
Palmgruppen is a group of Swedish decorative painters
who work commercially as well as teach. These decorative
painters are all educated and taught by Mister Stellan
Palm, a grandmaster who has been active over 60 years.
master, Stellan Palm and Englishman Tommy Valentine.
Host Lotta Olsson demonstrating Grand Antique.
The Salon was held in the Ebersteinska School
(House-painter school). The gigantic gymnasium was used
for the public exhibition space where over 4200 guests
viewed completed works from many different nations. The
gymnasium was decorated with the national flags from the
various participating countries.
Banners' were put up together with the various
international colors. This Salon was an exciting event
for the town of Norrköping. The town council also
sponsored the organization. The number of participating
countries increased. For the first time Germany and
Finnish were present. The British, French and American
leagues attended in bigger numbers compared to previous
years. The diversity of the exhibited works showed the
highest level of quality. It appeared that there were
less wood and marble imitations and more trompe l'oeil
incorporating these techniques. Also present were more
unique and never seen before painted objects.
Anders Göransson from Sweden works for a theatre
decorating studio. His exhibition piece was an
astounding set of aged doors which he manufactures from
new soft pine, distresses them and goes over them with
non-adhesive paints to obtain realistic patinas and
crackle effects. The result is fabulous: real
three-dimensional doors as if hundreds of years old.
The French and British were present with a very stable
and high professional amount of painted woods, marbles
and ornaments. The Frenchman Pascal Amblard came with an
exotic panoramic view. Don Gray even taught a Vert de
Mer to someone who had never painted his whole life,
interaction allover. A French professor marbled antique
rediscovered marbles from Turkey.
Susan Arnild of Denmark was painted an incredible trompe
l'oeil kitchen sink. The wall above had a crane of
copper surrounded by Delft blue tiles. All tiles were so
realistically done with the typical grease, oxide and
patina. The complete thing was done in 'frontal
perspective'. The old stone sink caused a cast shadow,
the proof of illusion, it equaled an hologram.
'winner' was the genius artist Patrick Kirwin from the
USA, a loyal and animated original of the total Salon
happening. His 'Piece de Resistance' was something that
went far beyond virtual painting. A lavender blue
shutter on which a rope hangs. On the rope hangs a fish,
not just like that, but very reachable. The cast shadows
of the rope and the dripping fish oil on the shutters.
All things were really considered well. In fact, the
total repertoire of Kirwin is unbelievable.
Jeanne White, also from the USA, demonstrated a stained
glass imitation of leaf aluminum and exhibited a 'Gobelin'
imitation never seen before at a Salon.
Nicola Vigini, (hosting Salon 2002 San
Antonio,Texas) an Italian who lives in
America, exhibited and demonstrated this
year. The man means quality; he is really
creme de la creme. Currently, he travels
throughout the US as a teacher of advanced
workshops and owns his own professional
school in San Antonio, Texas. He also works
on large scale projects and commissions.
During the Salon, Vigini exhibited and
demonstrated Pompeian frescos (true to the
style). The purest ornamental work.
Moroni demonstrating painting on silks.
Ross O'Neal was an original in leaf metals
the previous year and demonstrated gold leaf
techniques again this year. He is the
current president of the American 'Society
Patrick Laheyne working on a modernistic
panel by Jan Berghuis.
During the opening dinner, Jan Berghuis
jr.of The Netherlands, presented a slide
presentation about the future of decorative
painting as we forge into the new
millennium. "We must be open for new styles.
Shall we keep on with the ancient decoration
style or shall we get inspired from the new
experiences?". The panel (see above) he
completed during the Salon with the help of
numerous friends including Patrick Laheyne,
demonstrated futuristic trends which he
outlined in his lecture.
Many Swedes showed highlights of the typical
folklore painting on different kind of
objects. Roger Seamark (an Englishman who
lives and works in Sweden) did many trompe
l'oeil and breccia formations in which one
could reveal also other forms. Seamark had
also decorated a large panel with several
Latin phrases entwined through each other,
extreme creative sign-writing.
breathtaking beautiful Trompe l'oeil of a
tiled serving table, executed by the Swedish
host Mats Carlsson, took a lot of attention
as well as an imitated Burl of Birch
furniture painted by Lotta Olsson/Stellan
Also the young classical master Bo Grahn
with his unbelievable ornamental panels,
refined moldings and imitated paintings
between woodgrain are worth mentioning.
There were no doubts about the organization.
Together with the Palmgroup, the hundred
years old Swedish federation of painting
contractors and some extra sponsors made it
a complete show. All participants were given
a program book, city information, a free
traveling ticket and lunches and diners.
Demonstration areas were provided with all
the needs to paint, together with new panels
to work on, tables and high stools.
This year, two Lifetime achievement awards
were given out to deserving individuals who
have given of themselves for the craft of
decorative painting. This award is only
presented to true craftsmen. Stellan Palm of
Sweden and Robert Woodland of England were
given these honorary plaques. No two were
by Pascale and Pascal Amblard.