Erik Höglund was born in 1932 in Karlskrona, Sweden. Erik was a productive and extraordinarily versatile artist who not only painted in oils and on paper but also worked with glass, wrought iron, wood, brick, granite and bronze. Throughout his life, Höglund continually challenged accepted artistic norms and combined a breadth of vision with a depth of artistic creativity. He died in 1998.
It is said that none were the quite the same ever since a young bearded Erik Höglund appeared at Boda glassworks in 1953. He was in his nearly twenty years at Boda extremely productive and became the people's glass designer in the 1950s and 60s. The revolution he started was an opposition towards elegantly shaped clear glass and traditional tableware.
His early works were rustic and powerful. And in 1957, he had his first very successful solo exhibition at the age of 25 and the world started to appraise his innovative glass.
His utility glass was fitted with applications, often in the form of seals, and livened up with blisters in the colored glass. In Höglund eyes no items should be identical, even if they belonged to the same dinnerware. The individual differences in his blown glass were rather something that gave life to the glass and a harmonious expression. This instead of having glass looking perfect and industrially made. Erik Höglund also pulled through his style in other materials associated with decorative arts such as wrought iron, exploiting the properties of a material without being too firm in tradition and yet making craftsmanship visible.
In the 1980s, he renewed his glass art with colorful, sculptural forms in postmodernist spirit and he made his last years of work at the studio glass workshop in Strömbergshyttan. He also made some work at the Sklarna Chribska glass work in the Czech Republic in the early nineties.
Erik Hoglund was trained as a sculptor at National College of Art 1948-53. He may be best known as a glass artist, but over the years he did nearly 150 public commissions in different materials. His material could consist of glass, wrought iron, wood, bronze or stone in various combinations.
When he started to design furniture and various decorative and utility items in wood around 1960, he opted out the popular and imported teak in favor of Swedish woods such as pine. During his years of Boda he worked alongside in his Stockholm studio where drawings, oil paintings, watercolors and woodcuts emerged.