Collection: Ulf Gripenholm

An Artist's Journey in Modern Swedish Art

Ulf Gripenholm, born in Stockholm in 1943, is a prominent Swedish artist, painter, draftsman and graphic artist. His artistic journey began at the age of ten when he was given oil paints by an Italian resident. In addition to his artistic activities, he was a professor and teacher of drawing.

During 1969, Gripenholm was not only active as an artist and teacher, but also played drums in the New Orleans Crusaders. His artistry is characterized by poetic and mystical elements, abstract figures and evocative nature scenes. Gripenholm has created thematic series, where different periods are characterized by motorcycle motifs, jointed dolls, checkerboard squares and bathing scenes.

Alberto Giacometti, Giorgio Morandi and Jasper Johns have been significant sources of inspiration for Gripenholm. Bror Hjort is particularly appreciated among Swedish artists. Music, another passion, has also shaped his artistic expression, and he believes that all good painting is musical.

Gripenholm's paintings take shape through a disciplined and crooked process, where the works develop organically and intuitively. His sublimely valuable paintings are usually created in a mixed technique of egg tempera and oil. Ulf Gripenholm stands as a prominent figure in Swedish modern art, whose work continues to touch and fascinate.


Art department (1960-63)
University of the Arts (1963-68)


Café Mejan, University of the Arts, Stockholm
Skövde Art Gallery
Gallery Belle, Västerås
Thielska Gallery, Stockholm
Borås Art Museum
Norrköping Art Museum
County Museum Gävle
Västerbotten Museum, Umeå
Jönköping County Museum
Gothenburg Art Museum
Center de la Gravue et de l´Ímage Imprimee, Belgium
Edmonton Art Gallery, Canada
Aker Brygge, Oslo
Börstorps Castle
Gallery Mats Bergman, Karlstad
Lily Valchs
Gallery Argo, Stockholm
Gripsholm Castle
Örebro Art Gallery
Sundsvall's Museum
Gallery Astley
Gallery Art Gallery, Umeå
Gallery Örsta
Gallery Argo, Stockholm
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Taiwan Museum of Art, Tachung, Taiwan
Gallery JB, Västerås
Gallery Örsta, Kumla
Karby farm, Täby
Stockholm Art Fair
Gallery Astley
Galleri Dianahuset, Norrtälje
Lidingö City Hall
Nyköping Art Association
Södermanland county museum, Nyköping
Gallery Remi, Östersund.
Gerleborg School, Hamburgsund, Bohuslän
Vadstena Art Gallery
Gallery Hoffner, Stockholm
Gävle graphic artist, Gävle
The Flemish Gallery, Borås
Borås Art Museum
Pumphuset art gallery, Borstahusen, Landskrona


Modern Museum, Stockholm
National Museum, Stockholm
The State's Portrait Collection, Gripsholm Castle
Gothenburg Museum
Borås Museum
Sundvall's Museum
Sweden's Riksbank, Stockholm
Lower Manilla, Stockholm
The Norwegian Arts Council
British Museum, London
Knecht Drenth Foundation, Amsterdam
Dutch Royal House