- 1963 Stockholm -

For Leif Österman, refusing norms is a state of mind. The Swedish artist takes a lucid and disillusioned look at technological progress and the resulting alienation and so, he searches for a new equilibrium. His spontaneous painting feeds on an optimistic ecology that is deeply rooted in Scandinavian culture. His view of perspective disturbs and distorts our reference points of both scale and proportion. The approach of this artist also includes the association of material and color. The gesture of the brush remains fiery and the chromatic flights daring. His expressive drawing is violently intertwined with colour to the limit of the recognisable. Seen from the sea, the artist-sailor offers us a glimpse of the lyrical value of the Baltic coasts that never lost their wild enchantment.