The Nordic Watercolour Museum has highlighted picture books as an artform for several years. In spring 2020, we present original illustrations from two books by Eva Lindström that are in the museum’s collection – I’m Running Away (2006) and Everyone Walks Away (2015). Both are written and illustrated by the artist, and are about friendship and loneliness.
Eva Lindström studied at Västerås Art School and the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. She is both an illustrator and author. In the 1980s, she began working as a cartoonist, for example for the women’s magazine Q and Arbetaren (The Worker). She gradually began illustrating and writing picture books. Lindström’s style leans towards charged states of being and strong emotions. Thematically, she alternates between the most mundane and deeply existential issues. She works in watercolour, gouache and pencil. She has contributed to Kamratposten (a Swedish magazine for children) and created short animated cartoons, and several of her stories have been turned into films. Eva Lindström has been nominated for the August Prize for her children’s books many times, and she has received numerous awards.
The exhibition has been extended until 13 September 2020.