Elizabeth Thun Swedish, b. 1978


Elizabeth Thun’s paintings unfolds in the tension between nature and culture, vegetation and architecture. The depicted places and landscapes are both scenic and saturated with historic events and ideas, where nature is ready to take on man’s static and temporary structures. Thun’s paintings are often the results of research and field trips to the places she wants to portray. Her paintings are built up in layers, where different and sometimes conflicting expressions are allowed to coexist. The distinctive, detailed and ornamental are set against the fluid and amorphous.


Elizabeth Thun (b. 1978) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. She received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Bergen Academy of Art in 2009. In recent years, she has presented solo exhibitions at Ljungbergmuseet, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup amongst others and participated in group exhibitions at Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Ystads Konstmuseum, Moderna Museet, Malmö, and Ayumi Gallery/Cave, Tokyo. Thun’s works are represented in several public and private collections, e.g. Region Stockholm, Region Skåne, Uppsala Kommun, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO) and Filosofiska Institutet, Bergen (NO). In 2019, she was awarded Ellen Trotzig’s scholarship from Malmö Konstmuseum and in 2021 she received a two-year working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Thun is currently working on a public commission for Paradisskolan in Älmhult, which will be completed in spring 2022.