Alethea Eriksson is a Swiss abstract painter based in Baden, Switzerland. Her paintings are inspired by what she find beautiful in nature. They are atmospheric and evocative and offer the viewer a open contemplative place to find - or lose - themselves for a moment.
“Beauty is central to my art and life. For me, it has an inner energy and intensity and, at the same time, is reduced and almost minimalist. Beauty has a soothing yet energizing power - this I capture in my best works."
Whether abstract or abstracted, my paintings typically communicate an atmosphere or feeling, which may be both quiet and contemplative, while invigorating, nevertheless. A limited palette of subtle, often subdued, colours contributes to this effect, while the strong surface texture is apt to lend the works a contrasting materiality and inner life.
I paint on canvas, wood panels or paper using 1) acrylics, oil pastels, inks, sand, ash, bitumen, various papers and tapes or 2) oil colour mixed with a cold wax medium. The process starts energetically. I rapidly put down layers of colours, work wet-in-wet using large brushes or a brayer or spatula. I work on multiple canvases simultaneously, both to insure energy and flow and to avoid any work becoming stiff or overworked. The process moves from what is free, vigorous and intuitive to something more deliberate and slow. A given painting may take anything from a day to forever, until such time as I feel satisfied with it. I often paint over a work, adding more history and mystery, add an energetic expressive mark or sand-down parts of a work.
My inspiration comes from what I find beautiful, both in nature and the urban landscape. I believe that such beauty has its own healing and soothing power. It nourishes our psyche, offers us quiet and and depth in our otherwise noisy and over-stimulated world. As such, the natural elements—especially the sea and sky—are a major focus of my work, and movement and patterns in the natural world fascinate me as well. I fall in love with the colours of autumn every year, and often return to something I call, the mystery of geometry.
I find painting both meditative and invigorating, qualities that I hope are reflected in the works themselves.
I was was born in South Africa where I did a Bachelors Honours in History of Art. We immigrated to Switzerland in 1986. I worked in foreign language training for 25 years. Since 2012, I have dedicated my time to my artistic development and practice. This has included doing intensive self-study, a year at the Zurich School of Art and Design, plus numerous classes and workshops with local and international artists. In 2019 I was selected for a residency in Iceland. In 2020 I did the intensive on-line course Creative Visionary Program with Art2Life.
My paintings have been shown in group- and solo shows in Switzerland and are in collections on three continents.
I am a member of the various artists’ groups, the international Creative Artists’ Club, Kunstgruppe Schweiz, a local one as well as the Zürich group, Artischock and the Swiss artists’ association, Visarte.