Do you prefer photography or drawings? With Johan Thornqvist, you don't need to choose. For this Swedish, both complements one each other, and that's why he mixes and links them in his works, demanding a special attention by the observer in order to distinguish reality and fiction.
With this kind of philosophy, skyscrapers' cities built over hydrants are completely possible. Or villages made of small cot-houses built over the branches of a single plant. Or desert roads which are settled by wasps. Balloon sellers and acrobats; alive metropolitan carriages; flying convoys and carpets at spring fields. Everything is possible, as Johan isn't from the common world: he prefers to live at a place where reality and fiction are mixed together. It's that fine line which puts two worlds apart, combining the non-real fascination to the non-fictional proximity. And there are unlimited possibilities.
Wanderings apart, the work of this 25-years-old drawer is fresh and positive: he creates new worlds, coming from the things we already know. And there's no need to be complex to do it. His drawings are distinguished by simplicity and color absence, as the major part is designed in black-and-white.
He admits to be inspired by other artists, movies, music and even by long walks. Johan works at his own design company, but he intends to be more dedicated to illustration, specially because the positive critic he has received about his works.
With a very unique language and drawing over landscape pictures or objects, there are those who just call his drawings with a "cute" adjective.