PHILIPPINE VON KRUSENSTIERNA passed from The Graphical Institute in Stockholm 1966 and after that she has been working as a graphical designer starting at an advertising agency. After designing
schoolbooks a few years she started with magazine design which caught her interest. For a couple of years she also designed exhibitions for the Swedish International Development Agency. She worked at several of the large printing houses in Sweden, designed and participated in putting two new magazines into the market and redesigned Sweden´s largest monthly magazine. In 2004 Philippine retired and moved to her house in Canillas which she has had since 1982. Apart from painting she then also started working with sculpture. She makes figures and masks in papier mâché experimenting in painting them with tempera. For a couple of years she worked at Moira Shepels Art Studio in Cómpeta with alabaste and clay. Lately she has also started to work with graphic (collography) and cement.
ALL MY LIFE I WANTED to paint but somehow my profession as a graphical designer stopped me from doing it.
Maybe the two were too close to each other – anyway always ended up getting tangled in reproducing reality and that was not what I wanted to do. It was not until I went through one year of art-therapy that I managed to free myself from “reality”. A few years later I came in contact with Vedicart and then things really started to happen. At this point I left oil and started to paint in acrylic because it dries quicker. Very seldom I know what I´m going to paint, so I just get started and see what happens. Sometimes there are many layers of paint until I see something coming out of the canvas. It´s not only the process itself that inspires me but also colours, forms and structures. In the painting process I find a spiritual aspect that is
very important to me.
Philippine von Krusenstierna