The Fashionably Elegant Mats Gustafson
When illustrator Mats Gustafson was doing fashion illustrations for the pages of The New Yorker, Vogue and Interview in the late 1970s, he couldn’t have known his focus would eventually shift to the natural world. Beginning with a series of pastel landscape studies be started twenty years later, his work have evolved into drawing swans in the same minimalist style that had defined his work in the fashion industry.
“It’d been an ongoing switch in my career—focusing on nature—but it was funny, because I picked the most fashionable parts of nature,” he said. I was still looking for beautiful lines, but just in the natural world.”
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and they’re very elegant.”
On December 10 the gallery John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, in New York City, hosted the opening reception for “Mats Gustafson: Swan,” a collection of the illustrator’s early landscape and swan studies, as well as recent pieces and a digital wall installation. “I wanted to reduce, simplify, and get to the essence of things,” Gustafson said of the stark but romantic works.
Herewith, some images from the exhibition, which is on display until January 23. You can see one of Gustafson’s exquisite fashion illustrations on EA’s sidebar (about halfway down).