'Subdued beauty and doom'

Eric Length paints landscapes. Or rather visions and memories of landscapes.

“Against a veil of soot and smoke, the mountains rise like sculpted from the depths of the abyss. It is the topography of myth and primordial time that takes shape at the beginning or the end of the world. There the ground rises oily and black underneath the surface of star dust and ashes.” 1

Sometimes the gaze leaves the mountains and the crust of the earth and is directed upwards, towards the clouds and the universe, and travels through the layers of the atmosphere, until gravity ceases to have an effect, as in the painting “Aeon” (2017).

Length works mainly with oil on linen, but sometimes also incorporates soot and ash in his works. With unusual combinations of materials like water, ink and bleach, he creates layers of translucency, which sometimes spark into hallucinatory light phenomena. It may be supernovae or electrical impulses in a nerve cell – discharges that last for a hundred of a second, or exploding stars that spread out in the universe for millions of years.

Just as much as the gaze is directed outwards – towards the cloud, the mountain or the stars, it also turns inwards, towards the human experience. Length’s interest in philosophy, myths and religion is depicted in the titles and in the humility and fascination with the greatness of nature that goes like a common thread through his work.

“Undeniably, he approaches the sublime, but far rawer than the predecessor of Romanticism. Rather than inviting to hiking, his captivating landscapes tempt with subdued beauty and doom.” 2

Tor Billgren, Art critic
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2006 - 2011 BA & MFA, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
2009 Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
2004 - 2006 Dômen Konstskola, Göteborg, Sweden

Solo and duo exhibitions

2018 Aeon, Kulturhotellet, Helsingborg, Sweden
2017 Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2015 Wake, duo show with Ida Lennartsson, Galleri Bon, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Gamma Blue, Malmö Showroom, Malmö, Sweden
2013 Wabi-Sabi, duo show with Ida Lennartsson, Gallerie der HFBK, Hamburg, Germany
2013 Presentation at Valentin & Byhr, curated by Nicklas Hultman, Göteborg, Sweden
2012 Vow, The Boiler Room Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2012 7, Vita Rosen, Göteborg, Sweden
2011 Living on Air, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Shtoom, MFA exhibition, KHM Gallery – Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
2010 Dominion, Gallery 21:24, Oslo, Norway
2009 We Were Born With A Tremendous Longing, Pictura Gallery, Lund, Sweden
2007 Fountainhead, Gallery Magnus Åklundh W.I.P., Malmö, Sweden

Group exhibitions

2018 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2017 Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2017 Pro Cicerone, Little Fingers, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Horisont, Tjörnedala konsthall, Baskemölla, Sweden
2014 Gespenster, SØ, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 We Hate in Order to Survive, Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden
2012 Water, water every where, The Boiler Room Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2012 Death & Taxes, curated by Anders Marius Henriksen at Tidens Krav, Oslo, Norway
2009 Sympathy For The Devil curated by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen and Janne Talstad at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2008 The Beautiful Children, E:vent Gallery at The Wharf Road Project, London, UK


2017 SAK
2016 Region Skåne
2007 The National Public Art Council, Sweden


2017 Travel stipend, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
2016 Two year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2016 Malmö City studio grant
2015 Malmö City culture grant
2013 Malmö City studio grant
2013 One year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee