‘The Ministry of Love’ by Gunnar Foley
Artist: Gunnar Foley
Title: ‘The Ministry of Love’
Medium: Acrylic on Linen Canvas
Dimensions: 19.7″ x 15.7″
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artist:
Gunnar Foley (born 1973) is a painter and a tattoo artist, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His paintings depict surreal landscapes and visions, and invite us to go beyond traditional boundaries. The viewer is drawn into a world rich in detail and symbolism, with references to geographic places and events. He is revealing a world rich in contrasts that simultaneously carries traces of older paintings and historical reflections, as well as from graffiti and pop culture.
The landscapes consist of humanized, architectural and natural elements that embody inner feelings and states of mind. A borderless borderland, both bizarre and sometimes even scary, but above all, imbued with rare beauty and tranquillity.
The boundaries between the outer world – the one we can physically touch – and the one we experience if we gaze inward, are blurred. What is what, becomes secondary, rather a reminder that our external and internal impressions are part of the same whole – what constitutes a person’s true nature and the very essence of what it is to be a human being.
The third eye is ever present in Foley’s work. It acts like a symbol of searching, a bridge between the physical and the inner world. It also works like a mirror, its presence creates an ambiguous sense of who is observing who, the work or the observer.
The works of Gunnar Foley can be seen as a journey through time and space, between both the outer and inner worlds. But even more so, he visualizes the plight of human soulsearching.