Swedish Fashion Illustrator Stina Persson is based in her hometown of Stockholm, Sweden. She has lived, worked, and traveled around the world to countries including Italy, New York and Tokyo which has steered her extensive portfolio with influential clients such as Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Absolut Vodka, Nike, Target, Bloomingdale’s, Penguin Books, Godiva Chocolatier, Sony Music, as well as publications such as Nylon Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle UK, Marie Claire, Madame Figaro and Vogue.
Her intriguing watercolor portraits have a contemporary distinctive edge. Working with a diverse range of mediums, Stina challenges her own artistic limits by varying, refining and crafting her technique to push her creative boundaries.
Having traveled extensively, which country would you say has influenced your art most and why? Oh, I really think it is has become a mix of the countries I lived in. The less is more of Sweden, the love for ink from Japan, the admiration of the old masters of Italy and the breaking of the rules from NYC. And also living in Queens in New York City, learning to find beauty in unexpected places.
Social media, particularly Instagram, has been quite a platform for emerging and established artists – tell us how social media has been constructive for your art career: I really tried to stay away from it all for a long time. I have a pretty hectic career as well as three kids, I know that each new endeavor takes time. But now it has become an integral part of my work and the way I work. And I love the direct feel of it, the contact with people from around the world and the way I can show my process not only finished pieces. So, I have changed my mind.
Your work is very fluid and effortlessly beautiful to watch as you demonstrate on your live animations, which new direction would you like to see your art take form? I would love to draw bigger and bolder. Larger brushes, thicker paint. But I also love the everyday work with projects coming in and problems to solve.
Fashion obviously plays a big part in your work; who/where do you get your inspiration from for these portraits? I admire strong women. I want my fashion portraits to convey that strength. I would love them not simply to be mannequins showing clothing, but rather showing the woman who would where Balenciaga, Marni or Delpozo.
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WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM CREATIVE COLLABORTIVE ENDEAVOR? Oh, I don’t know. I love any collaboration where the art director makes me better or more daring.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I love a simple trattoria in Sicily or one of the new exciting ones my friend and fellow illustrator Sara Singh takes me to when I am visiting her in New York.
FAVORITE CITY: New York
IF YOU WERE TO DANCE LIKE NOBODY IS WATCHING, WHAT WOULD BE THE SONG OF CHOICE: “New Friends” by the Swedish Indie band RABBII
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IN YOUR STUDIO? Ink. (And coffee.)
ON WHOSE WALL WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE YOUR ART DISPLAYED? Anyone who likes it. It always make me honored.
Australian abstract artist BoeSapun is the founder and curator of Ecume Gallery. The Melbourne-based gallery represents both local, international, established, and emerging contemporary art.
The idea of having great art accessible to a broad audience prompted the online gallery showcasing her own work, as well as a diverse range and ever-growing list of talented contributing artists.
Boe‘s passion is in discovering creative minds and understanding the finer nuances of their character which influence their process, inspiration, and art. Follow Boe Sapun and Écume Gallery on Instagram and Facebook.