… I never could have imagined that this work would extend between 2016 – 2020 … but it has. It has come through many meetings, many charcoal sketches during our talks … I have not only traveled around Bengt’s planet, it feels like I landed there and sometimes strolled on beautiful beaches, sometimes got lost in dark forests and sometimes we laughed for years absolutely unique fun hauntings from Bengt’s long life.
The portrait has undergone major changes in the meantime … there are probably 10 different expressions before it ended with this last image. it started with seeing Bengt with both torso, cane and hat, but it could not … this became the true experience of my meeting with Bengt. Bengt Olson is specially famous in France, and in the middle of the portrait process he was reworded with a very fine price from France, it was a really great day:
size: 200 cm x 150 cm
size:178 47/64 in x 59 1/16 in
Lennart Larsson – Krokslätts Fabriker
Lennart has had an incredible, amazing significance for my work… many years!
(sverker toreskog you tub)
the singing_sverker toreskog avliden_peacefully_sverker toreskog death)
2012, meeting with beautiful and sweet Maud, in Stockholm and making a plaster cast of her face.
2015-2018, slowly appearing in wire, plaster and papier-mâché!
(beautyful_maud adams bond movies_swedish, gracefull_james bond maud adams_living in Los Angeles_man with the golden gun maud adams_from Luleå_maud adams bond movies_and a very nice person)
Alex Andersson… my cosmic godson
daughter of my cousin
Portraits outside the Project
Mona and Gösta 2014… and Mona impresses- in her youth she worked for the newspaper
magnate Hearst. She is one of the few who photographed Greta Garbo!
two portraits – 10 years apart
Karin 1944 – 1999
Karin summer 1989
Karin… so exited at the prospect of planning her husband Mangnus´s surprise visit to my studio
one his 50th birthday. She picked him up
at the airport, blindfolded him in the the cab and led him all the way, to right in front of
the finished, not yet dried, painting.
I think it was one of Magnus´s best birhtday surprises!
Karin was like a soft summer breeze at our meetings that summer, and the
painting bears the stamp of her state.
Karin autumn 1998
Karin… such a beautiful person and a very close friend though we didn’t hang out together… but
when Karin had the most difficult time of her life, she reached out to me, and it was right to do so…
I’m so grateful for that! In 1999, in the late stage of her illness, she asked me once more if I could
make a sketch or something of her. Two weeks after that request she left her earthly body. I started
to her portrait, determined to give her a window through which she could reach her beloved
husband and son.
”I Did Not Die”
on 21 October 2009, Karin´s husband Magnus Bromander writes:
“min hustru Karin dog för mer än 10 år sedan, och har väl sa småningom börjat förblekna i mina minnen och tankar, men hon finns kvar i hemmet genom två märkliga målningar av Zeppa (Pia Häggström)
Målningarna är skilda åt genom 10 år av Karins liv. Det tidigare porträttet, eller snarare personskildringen, är fyllt av glädje, sprakande av liv och förväntningar. Det senare, målat endast månader före Karins bortgång, präglas av värdigt vemod och – trots allt – av förväntningar.
I båda målningarna är Karin underbart vacker – som hon var i livet – och hon speglar intensivt sina olika livssituationer. Zeppa låter oss på något märkligt sätt läsa hennes tankar.
TACK, ZEPPA! “