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Hello there!

My name is Emma Ekstam, and I live and work as an illustrator, painter and printmaker in the southern swedish forests (Immeln). I have my studio out in our backyard where I arrange courses in different printing techniques (on hold now, due to pandemic) and work on a series of larger paintings.

The majority of my work is done by hand, and I enjoy working with analogue printing techniques, such as intaglio printing and linoleum cuts, for the surfaces and structures it provides on the paper. I enjoy painting for the depths of the colours when layers get stacked on top of each other, and I enjoy drawing for the mediums mixture of control and surprise. The analogue image-making is providing something unexpected and rewarding in a way that the digital doesn’t for me.

For an image to feel interesting to me there needs to be an element of discomfort present. I also have a weakness for the absurd, and a lot of my imagery is taken from european medieval imagery, often found in churches. Another source of inspiration is off course  nature, it doesn’t get weirder than that.

I work to create things that I find interesting and fulfilling on a variety of levels, and my hope is that this will lead me in a positive direction.


Don’t hesitate to get in contact with me for whatever reason you may have.

+46 – (0)73 2687525



Bonnier Carlsen, Gyldendahl, Natur Kultur, Opal, Rabén&Sjögren, Monki, Scandic, Riksutställningar m.fl



Den frie udstilling – Köpenhamn 2018, Visby Konsthall, Grafiska sällskapet – Göteborg, Konstfack – examens utställning, Bologna Childrens bookfair 2013, Grafiska sällskapet Visby, m.fl



2018-2019 Scenicpainter, assistant to David Drachmann & Søren Hornemann

2015-2017 Artpreservation Assistant to Skånes Målerikonservatorer

2015-2017 Decorationpainter assistant to Ragnar Falck (

2010-2014 Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 Internship at Hatch Show Print, Nashville Tennessee, USA

2007-2008 KV Konstskola, Göteborg, Sweden

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