OH MY Monday - Mats Gustafson - When you stumble across an artist whose work takes your breath away. That's how I felt when I came across Mats' paintings on Pinterest. I immediately needed to know who the artist was. but first I searched his name on Pinterest because I needed to see more. I found myself fervently pinning and within 15 minutes had pinned over 150 pieces of his work. He is up there with the iconic fashion illustrations of Rene Gruau for me. I LOVE EVERY SINGLE one of them, and every single thing about his work. Obviously a master at watercolor, but look at how he has broken down the human form with such simplicity. His use of simple shapes, sleek lines and silhouettes are awe inspiring.
BIO: Mats Gustafson (Swedish, b. 1951) began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s, a time when editorial illustration was eclipsed by photography, and watercolor as a conceptual medium had barely been explored. A graduate of Dramatiska Institutet (University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre) in Stockholm, he first applied his graphic sensibility to the art of stage design. This experience translated into illustration when he began publishing his work in eminent international fashion publications. The elegant and subtly expressive character of Gustafson's watercolor, pastel and cut-out paperworks expanded the possibilities of fashion illustration and nearly single-handedly reinvigorated
Gustafson's fashion and portrait illustrations have been included in editorial publications such as French and Italian Vogue, The New Yorker, and Visionaire, and he has created advertising art for Hermès, Tiffany & Co., Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garçons. His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows. Gustafson lives in New York.