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Back Talk with Linnea Strid

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 03 Feb 2010

Nope, that’s no photo; it’s a painting by emerging Swedish artist Linnea Strid. We were so blown away by her realistic paintings that we had to know more about this young painter.


Linnea will be showing off her stunning life-like paintings at Thinkspace Gallery next Friday in a group exhibit showing off Fresh faces. Fresh doesn’t even begin to describe Linnea’s style. Just look at that water!



How do you feel right now?

I’m freaking out over my car who died on me last night. Betsy, stay away from the light!


If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?

On another planet. I would probably be a little confused and jet-lagged so I’d try to phone home, just like E.T. did.



If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?

I would suck making a living without any creativity. Art is the only thing I’m decent at doing.. Maybe as a Google translator?


If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?

I’m a pacifist so I’d punch myself. Just for being me.


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?

No, that would be entierly against my principles. Songs about kissing are lame.


At what point were you particularly happy?

Actually I’m a pretty happy person in general. I guess it sounds bad considering my career choice, and I wish I could say that I had a terrible upbringing which made me chronically depressed, alcoholic and blah blah blah.. but it’s just not true.


No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?

I wish I would have learned to play an instrument. But then maybe I would have become one of those lame musicians who write songs about kissing.


What trait do your friends have in common?

They are funny people that make me happy and I love them for that.


If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?

My dog! Even though I don’t think she appreciates me talking about her as a thing..


Greatest love of your life?

Chocolate ice cream.


What is your favorite vice?

Chocolate ice cream.




When you blow out the birthday candles, what do you wish for?

Super powers. Ability to fly, super-vision and super-speed are on my top three powers-list. But I’m not picky, any would do.


If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?

Yoda. Redundant, comments are.


Do you ever lie?

Not so much. Or do I...?


Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?

Understanding is highly overestimated, I don’t see it in terms of right or wrong or understanding the real message of an artwork. Art simply means different things to different people, and that’s what’s so good about it.


What virtue can you do without?

Tessa Virtue, ice dancer. She’s cute but it’s just not my thing.


Do you even notice when you're swearing?

To be honest, I curse a lot. It must be a part of my viking-ish heritage. I try hard to restrain myself when I’m around people I don’t know though.



What has been your proudest moment?

My proudest moment is yet to come. Hopefully. Any day now.


What would you like to be remembered for?

My art. People die all the time, artwork live (hopefully) forever.


How would you prefer to die?

Tough one. I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I think maybe freezing to death would be cool. You know, falling to sleep in a forest covered in snow. Why not?



More on Linnea Strid at



About Linnea Strid:

Linnea Strid was born in 1983 in a small Swedish village where she lived until she was 16, when her family decided to move to Fuengirola in Southern Spain. She lived there during her teens and it was here that she started up her artistic career with several exhibitions.


In 2004 she moved back to Sweden and attended art schools for four years. Strid now lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is working as an artist full-time. She knew when she was a small child that some day she would become an artist, since the need to express herself with paint and in other creative ways has always been fundamental to her. Strid likes to paint in a photo realistic style, but always with the strong desire to convey an odd feeling, a forgotten memory, or maybe just something that is typical of her own little world.


See Linnea’s new work at Thinkspace’s group show, Fresh, starting next Friday, February 12th, 2010. Details at