“Ola Sarri (b. 1980) is a largely self-trained portrait artist, who generally works to commission for private collections and organisations. His work has also been seen in group, juried and solo exhibitions in Sweden.” — National Portrait Gallery, London.
Starting summer 2019, I have the great honor of being included in the BP Portrait Award. As National Portrait Gallery proudly state in their press release: “After 30 years, the BP Portrait Award still remains the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary practice.” After two judging rounds, I was selected as one of 44 exhibitors from a total of 2538 applicants from 84 countries.
I live and work in Båstad, right next to an idyllic nature reserve in Skåne. There’s an intimate relationship between oil and canvas that no other medium can rival, so I try to attack my paintings as honestly and intuitively as I can. I’m infatuated with the tactile quality of oil paint, so I like to build up the painting in layers with varying thicknesses and levels of abstraction.
National Portrait Gallery, London
Cass Art Islington, London
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Ulster National Museum, Belfast
Fabriken konsthall, Torekov
Krapperups konsthall, Höganäs
Arvika konsthall, Arvika
Galleri Skaidi, Nikkaluokta
Galleri Åstugan, Nyköping
Galleri Minerva, Malmö
Kiruna stadshus, Kiruna
Romele konsthall, Lund