The Festival presents New and Retrospective Animation Artwork 2022
In collaboration with Trollywood Animation Festival, Konsthallen Trollhättan presents Stina Wirsén, illustrator and story teller, and Nikolai Lockertsen, concept artist. There will also be visual material from the process of creating The House for Netflix.
Stina Wirsén - Illustrator and
For as long as I remember, I have been drawing and making up stories. My sister and I loved when our mother read to us, and she in turn loved to read.
I have kept quite a few of my earliest efforts, and in my recent work I see a return to my childhood sketches. Isn’t Teddy and his friend a bit like something a child would draw? In fact, even my Motley characters look a bit like Cephalopods – the toddler’s first representation of a human figure: Large heads, resting directly on a pair of legs, with tiny arms and dots for eyes.
I believe my stories have been greatly influenced by my own childhood, and by the times in which I was a child. But I also have the ambition to bring our own age, the ever-present Now in which we find ourselves, into my work.
No doubt my two decades as an illustrator for Sweden’s largest morning paper has shaped me. Drawing political subjects and author’s portraits, capturing fashion and nightlife on the fly, has been my university.
At present, I have left the world of daily news to devote myself fully to my own projects, but I maintain a vivid interest in contemporary cultural currents and expressions.
This years Trollywood Animation Festival will include a special session with the directors from The House. Netflix’s new stop-motion anthology, The House, is creepy and complex, and all three story endings require careful explanation. The House features three separate tales linked only by their themes and setting: the titular house. This anthology series combines detailed and intricate stop-motion animation with a dark tone and creepy atmosphere in order to create a truly unique experience.
Nikolai Lockertsen is a concept artist and illustrator based in Norway. He has worked in the film industry since the late 1990s for various companies such as Qvisten, Filmkameratene, Gimpville and Storm Studios. At Storm Studios, he was lead art director from 2008-2015.
Nikolai’s track record includes more than 30 feature films and lots of TV productions and commercials. He now works as a freelancer with clients all over the world. In addition to film-related art, he makes illustrations for book covers, children’s books, theater stage design, promo-art and more.
Since 2012, Nikolai makes all his art digital. Sharing his knowledge is important for Nikolai Lockertsen and he shares his knowledge via tutorials on the internet. He also lectures at art schools and film schools around the world.
Previous exhibitions at Konsthallen
Per Åhlin (2018)
Per Åhlin is a legendary Swedish animator who has given the animated film an increased status and place in Swedish film history. When the feature film I huvet på en gammal gubbe premiered in 1968, the audience sensationally saw a mix of elements where the animated components formed the bulk of the film and the live action a smaller part. Prior to this, all animated Swedish films had been short films, although attempts at longer features had been made. Never before had a Swedish film with such comprehensive animated features been shown at the cinema.
Per Åhlin is a self-taught cartoonist (born 1931 in Hofors), who, after growing up in Småland, established himself as an illustrator, theatre director, scenographer, animator and more.
The most famous, controversial and beloved of all Per Åhlin’s movies is still Tage Danielsson’s Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton. First broadcast in 1975, it has been shown on Swedish National Television (SVT) every Christmas Eve for over forty years. Having various meanings its spirit and message could still be considered relevant even today.
Tuna Bora (2021)
They are best known for their distinctive style that transcends classic distinctions between narrative and experience design, particularly as the production designer of Pearl (VR), and creator/director of Little Red (AR) on the Wonderscope app. Meanwhile, they specialize in positively existential talks on colour, creative psychology, design, and their 8+ year practice of publishing personal work on a daily basis.
Their clients include Google, Netflix, FX, Dreamworks, Disney, Sony, Adobe, Nike, Coca Cola, and Buck. They are currently focused on content development and new media.
Colie Wertz (2021)
Colie Wertz is a Concept and VFX artist in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Colie has worked for numerous companies in the film and post production industry over my carrer, including Industrial Light + Magic, the Orphanage, and Image Movers Digital. Colie has also worked in the 3D printing space for 3DSystems, building models for print and prototyping. Some recent projects include Dune (2020), Batman (2020), Mandalorian (2019), and the Bumblebee Movie (2018). Lucasfilm’s StarWars Episodes I, II, III, VIII, IX, and Rogue One kept me busy at ILM.
Sara Koppel (2016)
Sara Koppel (born 1970), is one of the last standing animators in Denmark, who is still drawing on paper, an art she has been practicing since she was a 14 year-old, school-weary kid.
In 2002 – when most of the business was moving on to CGI and computer animation – Sara started her own studio, and took the hand drawn animation in a more artistic direction, still making animation for a lot of other films and commercials, but also using animation as installations in art exhibition,s and last but not least – making her own virtous animated short films.
Sara’s technique is still the old-school Disney hand drawn animation tradition, where every second of film is approximately 12 original drawings, every one of them drawn from scratch with pencil on paper.
The colour is added ditigally, but always in a way that keeps the structure of the paper and pencil, a style that makes the films feel very alive and organic, and is perfect for the films that made Koppel a world wide pioneer in erotic animation film.
The exhibition at Trollhättan Konsthall will show pictures from Sara Koppel’s film: Embraces & The Touch of Skin.
Ola Larsson (2017)
Ola Larsson has worked as creative/art director at Dockhus Animations studio in Trollhättan. He was in charge of the design department of Linda Hambäck’s feature animated movie Gordon and Paddy, with Stellan Skarsgård and Melinda Kinnaman in the main roles. Ola also worked on Linda Hambäck’s latest animated film Apstjärnan, which premieres at cinemas in June. Stellan Skarsgård and Melinda Kinnaman appears in leading roles and Pernilla August does the voice of the main character.
Ola has also made backgrounds for the Guldbagge-nominated animated films Bamse and the City of Thieves as well as Bamse and the Witch’s Daughter.
In between movie-work, Ola Larsson is a freelance illustrator with a broad repertoire. He has illustrated for death metal bands, role-playing studios and magazines. He is also a co-owner of Eloso publishing house, which publishes books and role-playing games.