Drawing the line

IKEA has enlisted eleven enormously creative artists with diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the third IKEA ART EVENT.

Koen Taselaar currently lives and works in Rotterdam. Performances, installations, books, solo and group exhibitions – his work is not restricted to one medium. It is graphic and striking, with titles such as “Procrastination Occupation”, “Sunshade” and “If You Don’t Then You Won’t.” He was educated at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam.

Artist couple Micha Payer and Martin Gabriel both live and work in Vienna. They create meticulous drawings in coloured and graphite pencils constituting an assemblage of different worlds. A kaleidoscopically perceptible mesh of images drawn from secondhand popular science books, pictures from the Internet, photographs, and private pictures.

Ragnar Persson is a Swedish artist who depicts an underlying darkness in the world. He has described his work as some sort of mix of the Brothers Grimm and Tove Jansson. Influencing his work is the imagery of his childhood; the forests of northern Sweden and hard rock and punk band record covers.

Steven Harrington is a leader of the contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic. His style is bright and iconic; inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. He based in Los Angeles and creates large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. He is also contributing to the IKEA STUNSIG collection.

Japanese artist Yasuto Sasanda draws with a 0.3mm black pen. His works depict creatures that have been revived through superb technology, or machines — ancient yet modern. He has collaborated with the fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and exhibited extensively at galleries all over the world.