Fredrik Åkum is a Swedish artist who makes some freakin’ fan-tastical paintings. His works are based on Polaroids that he snaps of his friends, surroundings and adventures, and he works to maintain the fluid, muted quality of that medium in his paintings. A lot of his pieces feature some very psychedelic-looking ladies in the buff, which I love but will let you discover on your own. The rest seems to focus largely on nature and the landscape.
In an interview with the art blog Little Paper Planes, Åkum writes that he is “very influenced by the Nordic nature, it really makes me feel inspired and at home. But I also give a lot of effort to allow me to be influenced by the global nature to not end up in a typical trade of Scandinavian landscape painters.”
He then goes on to say “the youth of my pictures are mostly my friends, and many of our escapades unfold naturally in the forest. This core of close friends comes from the very small town we were born in. Where imagination is put at risk in order to kill time and not get too bored. We use to end up in the woods, the mountains or by the lakes.”
Art © Fredrik Åkum
For more, visit his online portfolio.