Hello and welcome

Here you find art works and things I have made that relates to the art part of life. I work with drawing, painting, sculptures and installations. I also produce puppet theatre. www.fridasdockteater.se (web page in Swedish).


/Johan Gaellman


Johan Gaellman

I am working part time at Karlstads stadsbibliotek. secretary at Värmlands konstnärsförbund. member of the board of Konstcentrum Mitt. The puppet theater is resting at the moment. I am developing studio spaces and a wood/sculpture workshop at home.
Up and coming
Duck residency Denmark 20 June - 28 August
Multia art festival Finland 22 july -
Laesoe Kunstfestival Denmark, 25 July - 1 August



Laesö kunstfestival: Genspejling

Laesö, Denmark

21 - 25 July


This summer I am participating in the kunstfestival at Laesö in Denmark. We will be there for almost two weeks working. The last five days there will be a show open for public.



gaellman laeso kunstfestival



Papperskonstutställning, pappersbruksmuseum, Frövifors

3 June - 30 August

15 artists show art works made of paper in this summer exhibition. I show burned-paper art work.




gaellman - papperkonstutstallning frovi 2014



Hemvägen 14: Sagokonster

14 may (ongoing)

The show was expected to end 31 of May, but is still up and might be continuing over summer.

Hemvägen 14 is a project run by KBAB, Riksteatern Värmland and Konstfrämjandet.

The show is an installation with sculptures in cardboard, papier maché and styrofoam, a soundinstallation created by Johan Fält inspired by the art works, and a childrens story written by Adina Schnelzer Magnusson illustrated with ink paintings - the original paintings are part of the exhibition.

Adinas book 'På andra sidan väggen' (On the other side of the wall) can be read or listened to, as it is also recorded by Adina and available on cd.



gaellman - sagokonster



Övre Frykens Konstrunda 2014: Hemma hos Appelquist, Sunne,

18 - 20 april


Johan Gaellman konstrunda övre fryken


Johan Gaellman 2013 - Sagokonster


Sagokonster, Konstfrämjandet Värmland, Karlstad

4 October - 1 November

The show is an installation with sculptures in cardboard, papier maché and styrofoam, a soundinstallation created by Johan Fält inspired by the art works, and a childrens story written by Adina Schnelzer Magnusson illustrated with ink paintings - the original paintings are part of the exhibition. Adinas book 'På andra sidan väggen' (On the other side of the wall) can be read or listened to, as it is also recorded by Adina and available on cd.

This is the first of two shows at Konstfrämjandet Värmland directed at a younger audience. An art educator will be guiding schoolchildren in the exhibition and arrange art workshops in connection to the show.

The next show, by Henric Westlund, is called 'I ett hus vid skogens slut' (In a house at the end of the woods) and starts 8th November.


Vf 4/10

Radio (P4 Värmland)

Nwt 4/10 (available to subscribers)

Konstfrämjandet Konsthall
Johan Gaellman 2013 - Sagokonster Johan Gaellman 2013 - Sagokonster
Illustrations from the book  
Johan Gaellman 2013 - Sagokonster
Book and audio (recorded by the author Adina Schnelzer Magnusson)  



Bilder för hösten, Karlstad University, Karlstad

2- 30 September

Old and new art works shown at Karlstad University.




Mötesplats stora torget, Karlstad

29 July - 11 August, 11 am - 17 pm

Many artists take turns showing, doing or making art on the market square in Karlstad. Johan will be there 5 August creating a show in collaboration with visitors. Welcome!


Arranged by jordensalt

mötesplats stora torget Karlstad
Johan Gaellman market square
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Heterotopic views, Stavanger kunstförening, Stavanger, Norway

7 February - 17 March

Ingeborg Kvame (Norway), Karlotta Blöndal (Iceland), Ragnhildur Johanns (Iceland), Johan Gaellman (Sweden)


Karlotta Blondal, Ragnhildur Johanns, Johan Gaellman, Ingeborg Kvame

Heterotopic views is an exhibition with artists Karlotta Blöndal, Ragnhildur Johanns, Johan Gaellman and Ingeborg Kvame. The show handles two weeks they spent together on an island outside Stavanger in the summer 2012.



Rogalandsavisen 7 March 2013...

Virtual Wall world - blog about the show...

Icelandic art center about Karlotta and Ragnhildur...


Johan, Ragnhildur, Karlotta, Ingeborg and the island - Opening day
Johans installation 'Paint with the cyclops'. An island-shaped table with coloring books, free for visitors to put color to.
In the front 'After all' - burned sculpture. In the back 'Pressure island' - burned paper painting
No man no island 2 - No man no island 1

The burned art works for this show was made out of inspiration from the stay on the island near Stavanger the summer 2013.

Torso - Selfportrait
View from room with burned pictures - 'Paint with the cyclops' coloring books
Putting up the banner for the show




Konst i litet format, Konstfrämjandet Karlstad

Östra torgg.

1 - 22 december


Konstfrämjandet Värmland




Höstsalongen, Rackstadsmuseet, Arvika

29 Sepember - 4 November 2012

I participate with two ink drawings.



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Symposium in Hungary with Värmlands konstnärsförbund

Symposium 6 – 15 July 2012

Exhibition 14 July - 4 August

Johan participates together with Ellinor Henriksson and Ingalena Klenell (from Värmlands konstnärsförbund) in the 13th international symposium in Felsöörs, Hungary.

Three members of Värmlands konstnärsförbund will join in workshops and exhibitions with artists from Finland and Hungary.

logo nektar 2012



logo region varmland

Sponsored by Region Värmland and Karlstad kommun.

Villa Vaszary

Villa Vaszary The place for the exhibition after the symposium

Tero paints portrait of Johan

Tero Annanolli paints a portrait of Johan Gaellman (photo Romvari Marton)



13th symposium felsoorsJohan with drawings




Board member


Johan is a member of the board of Kc-mitt starting 26 March 2012.

Kc (Konstcentrum) is an organisation that connects active artists and their labour market and audience. Konstcentrum is divided in five regional parts of Sweden.

Kc-mitt covers Dalarna, Sörmland, Värmland, Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland.

Se more at Kc-mitt (web page in Swedish)






Gigante-Johan Gaellman


On display

from 29 January 2012

Works are on display at Park124 on Kronoparken, Karlstad

/finished in May/







7 - 28 January 2012

Johan Gaellman and Henrik Malmborg show work at the gallery Konst-i-Karlstad, Kungsgatan 4, Karlstad

Opening Saturday 7 January, 11.00-15.00

Open Wednesday - Friday 12-16, Saturday 11-15 and, some weekends, also Sunday 11-15

Phone number to the gallery 054-54 11 06

Gallery Konst i Karlstad

Henrik Malmborg


Konst i Karlstad


Nwt 6 januari 2012

Vf 5 januari 2012

Gigante and Bosse
The Gigant has found a friend
konst i karlstad
View of exhibition hall - gallery Konst i Karlstad




10 - 25 september 2011

Lena Irvall and Johan Gaellman

Galleri Strand, Strandgatan, Torget 1, Slottsbron.

arr. Grums konstförening, Grums


Gaellman Irvall galleri strand 2011


VF 8 september "Forna ateljékompisar blev utställningsduo"



Johan Gaellman was sponsored by Kulturkontakt Nord

Kulturkontakt Nord



via firenze


Estonia revisited

20 August - 18 September

Vernissage at 1300 hrs.


Ingalill Björnsdotter
Lisa Davis
Anita Elgerot
Johan Gaellman
Sietze Groenewold
Birgitta Halldin
Georgianna Kralli
Gun Mattsson
Gunilla Oldenburg
Susanne Staaf

Kastellaanimaja Gallery in the Kadrioru Park
Roheline Aas 3
Tallinn – Estonia

Gaellman Tallinn
Anita behind the mask (by Johan)


Gaellman Tallinn
Eduard Vilde museum, Tallinn

Gaellman Tallinn
Gunilla, Birgitta, Ingalill, Lisa, Anita, Gun and Piret Meos, the curator of the Eduard Vilde museum

Gaellman Tallinn
Representatives from the Swedish embassy, the Estonian Painters' Association, Johan, Sietze and Georgianna








Gaellman Fengersfors



27 August - 17 september 2011


TRANS showroom, Fengersfors, Bruket

Vernissage 27 August 2011 at 16.00

27 August - 17 September










Teachers in fine art evening classes at Folkuniversitetet presents themselves at the city library in Karlstad. Johan show drawings in ink. Karlstad, 30 August - 6 September



On display

Café på Sne, Ängsbacka in Molkom

26 march - 26 July

For a while I will show some of my drawings and papier maché masks on café på Sne in Ängsbacka in Molkom.



About Ängsbacka...






8 May - 12 June

Gallery of Banca del Monte, Foggia, Italy

An exhibition where paper is 'the sole protagonist of the artistic expression'

Head no 1 Johan Gaellman

Head no 1 - papier maché

TraCarte 4




Galleri Kvadraten, Kristinehamn

Opening Saturday 19/2 kl. 12.00
19 februari - 6 mars 2011

Lena Irvall - painting and collage

Johan Gaellman - ink drawing/painting "Underjordiska strandhugg"


Rot I by Johan Gaellman

Rot I (root nr I), ink, 2011



Arr. Kristinehamns konstförening


Nwt 18 February
"Kluriga underfundigheter samsas"

Vf 19 February
"Svartvitt samsas med färgglatt"

nya Kristinehamnsposten 18 February
"Färgstarkt och svartvitt när två ställer ut i galleri Kvadraten"
(pdf 5 mb)

nya Kristinehamnsposten 21 February
"Delad ateljé ledde till utställning"
(pdf 2,4 mb)




Värmlands konstförening

Galleri SE, Slaggatan 20, Falun

15 January - 5 February 2011

14 members from Värmlands konstnärsförbund exhibit in this group show. I show three ink drawings.

Thursday - Friday 12-18
Saturday 12-15

Galleri Se




On display

Coop Forum, Karlstad

from 20 October 2010 (about a month)

Konstfrämjandet in Karlstad participate with other organisations. In the restaurant at Coop Forum they have shown artists for about ten years.

I show five Giclée Fine Art images of my ink drawings, as well as seven masks made of papier maché. They will be there for about a month.







"Konst åt alla", TR-lokalen, Arvika, 12 - 17 October 2010

'Våra gårdar' arranges a show for organisations to buy art. The show is also open to the public.




Konstrundan Karlstad med omnejd

9 - 10 October 2010

Open studios in and around Karlstad.

I will be in the studio att Geijersgatan 19 as previous years, together with Jörgen P Karlsson and Lena Irvall. Welcome!





Höstsalongen, Rackstadsmuseet, Arvika

2 October - 7 November 2010

I participate with two new ink drawings.

Filipstads tidning


a bigger poster (click here)

Media about the show...

Nwt 17 June



Storfors ligger i Värmland (Storfors is located in Värmland)

20th June - 13 august
Galleri Galejan, Folkets hus, Storfors.

Opening speech by Bengt Berg (see web page here...)

A group exhibition with seven artists from Värmlands Konstnärsförbund.

-Ingalena Klenell, Sunne
-Johan Gaellman, Karlstad
-Jörgen P Karlsson, Karlstad
-Jan-Ove Ekstedt, Arvika
-Helene Karlsson, Arvika
-Margita Dahlström, Dyltabruk
-Lena Hedberg, Göteborg

Opening times:
Tuesday - Friday 12 - 17
Saturday & Sunday 12 - 16
Mondays closed
Midsummer eve and Midsummer day closed

Arranged by: Konstfrämjandet in Värmland, Storfors Kommun and ABF Värmland

A few images from the opening day
Musicians from Storfors
The poet Bengt Berg
View through Helene Karlssons art work
Jörgen P Karlsson, Jan-Ove Ekstedt, Johan Gaellman, Bengt Berg, Birgit Blanck, Lena Hedberg, Ingalena Klenell
Birgits welcome speech
Who is this mysterious lady?


Croquise drawing

Tuesday 23rd February

Johan organise a croquise study group . If you are an artist and want to draw croquise with us, please contact me for more information. johan@gaellman.net





Rum IV (Room IV)

Saturday 28 November
Clarion Hotel Plaza
Västra torggatan 2, Karlstad


Saturday 28 November is the date for the fourth one-day-exhibition called Rum IV. Open 12.00 - 19.00

Rum IV presents Öivind Harsem (etching), Fredrik Näsholm and Matti Kentrschynskyj (video installation), Johan Gaellman (ink, pencil), Veronica Odén (drawing, monotypi), Elsie Asplund (printmaking, mixed media), Jörgen P Karlsson (installation), Niki Merimaa (sculpture, painting) and Karlina Nolin (monoprint, mixed media).




Some of the 74 drawings included in the installation.
          Vf 28 november



Konstrundan Karlstad med omnejd

17 - 18 October

Open studios in and around Karlstad.

I will be in my studio att Geijersgatan 19 as previous years, together with Jörgen P Karlsson and Lena Irvall. Welcome!





Jubileumsutställning, Loftet, Värmlands museum, Karlstad

4 October - 1 November 2009

A group show with members of Värmlands konstnärsförbund. Celebrating 90 years anniversary.

Opening 1:00 pm Sunday 4th October




Höstsalongen, Kristinehamns konstmuseum

3 October - 29 November 2009

This year I got the Pingel ungdomstipendium. Because of this I also get to show some more of my works at Höstsalongen; drawings in ink. Watch news and listen to radio (below) to see and hear more about my participation in the show. (in Swedish)

TV4 Nyheterna Värmland

Radio P4 värmland

VF 2 okt 2009

Nwt 2 okt 2009


Johan at Kristinehamns museum

Värmlands konstförening

Kristinehamns museum



On Line, Baunhøj Mølle, Grenå, Denmark

4 September - 4 October 2009

Jens Mailvang from the community opens the exhibition 4 September 17.00.

An exhibition with ten artists from Italy, Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

I show a few older works: The a maze thing and some photo sculptures.


Info (in Danish. pdf 350 kb)

Baunhøj Mølle

Baunhoj molle
Baunhøj Mølle



Papermake's dance, Silkeborg, Denmark

25 July - 9 August

Two weeks with exhibition and performance. The theme is paper, and the making of paper, relating to Silkeborgs long history of papermaking.

The stream by Gaellman - photo by Jyrki
The stream. paper installation by Gaellman


The exhibition at Kulturspinderiet was open during the whole paper project showing art works from eleven of the pariticipating artists.

During two weeks time all artists created art works based on paper in, and outside of, musik og- teaterhuset. There was a second opening on 5 August where finished paper art works were presented. A performance was made, starting outside musik og- teaterhuset and ending in the room with the Stream installation

The Stream (working title: the river)
I made an installation in a dark room approx. 15 meters long. Over the heads of the visitors hangs 750 paper sheets in thin threads. They are highlighted with UV light and set in motion with fans.


Extraposten 22 July 09 (pdf 146 kb) Extraposten front page (pdf 160 kb)

Midtjyllands Avis 27 July 09 (pdf 270kb)

Midtjyllands Avis 5 August 09 (pdf 300 kb)

Papirmuseet Bikuben




Many thanks to Karlstad Kultur- och fritidsförvaltning for help with travel expenses!

Many thanks to Stora Enso for cardboard support!

papermakers dance
Bent Schmidt speaks at the second vernissage. This time people are invited to see the outcome of the paper workshops. Bent stands in a circle made of newspapers by Jens Chr. Jensen     Paper art by Yngve Riber. Visitors are invited to take a paper strip of their favourite colour, and wear it.
Bent Schmidt Nielsen at the second vernissage
Paper art by Yngve Riber
Paper warriors Chico and James dressed up and ready for the performance on the second vernissage 5th August.     A part of Marian Smits art work. Red pieces hangning in the air. Behind the sculpture is the artist Jorun Viken.
Paper warriors Chico and James
Paper art by Marian Smit
Barbara Brandhurst showed her thick layers of paper through which she has made holes with the help of explosives. She's an explosive woman ;)     Niklas J Brandow built a beast of paper with text messages visible only through the mouth of the beast.
Paper art by Barbara Brandhurst     Paper beast by Niklas J Brandow
Paper warrior Imre. Imre and his friend Tomasz created the performance for the second vernissage at the Musik og teaterhuset the 5th August     On the 25th July was the first vernissage. This is at Kulturspinderiet, where eleven artists show previously made art works.
Paper warrior - Imre dressed up for a performance     Marja-Leena Valkola prepares wine for the first vernissage
Yngve, Marja-Leena, Lonnie and Laura      
Lonnie Lund, Laura Salvi, Marja-Leena Valkola and Yngve Riber cuts paper pieces      

Artists in the exhibition and the workshop
Denmark: Kika Moeller, Birgit Kvorning, Soren Bredahl Rasmussen, Yngve Riber
Holland: Marian Smit
Norway: Vibeke Damgaard-Fuglsang, Jorun Viken
Finland: Marja-Leena Valkola
Sweden: Johan Gaellman, Niklas J Brandow
Germany: Barbara Brandhurst

Artists that joined for the workshop
Denmark: Gurli Maargard, Zenna Kjeldbjerg, Jens Chr. Jensen, Lonnie Lund and Maren Marie Mathiesen.
Italy: Laura Salvi

Performers and musicians: Imre, Tomasz, Chico, James

A giant thank you to Bent Schmidt from Papirmuseet in Silkeborg for arranging this project!

And a huge thank you to everybody (many, many) that have been, more or less, part of this project or just happened to be there!






Jubileumsutställning, Dômen konstskola, Gothenburg

13 June - 12 July -09
open all days 12 - 16

Dômen konstskola celebrates 50 years with an exhibition showing some previous students and teachers. I participate with sculptures and ink drawings.

Invited artists:
Rebecka Andersson, Frida Tebus, Fredrika Andersson, David Tedfeldt
Susanne Morsing, Björn Kjelltoft, Leonard Forslund, Christian Cavallin, Jessica Johannesson, Johanna Rytel, Viktor Kopp, Leif Samuelsson, Mikael Wernmarker, Britta Grönstrand, Roj Friberg, Rune Bergström, Olle Langert, Tullan Fink, Mats Nielsen, Jill Lindström, Johan Lagergård , Fredrik Gunve, Patrik Andiné, Åsa Pröjts, Catharina Tagg, Andrew Laczynski, Johan Gaellman, Pieter Hybbinette, Mandana Moghaddam och Rolf Åsberg.

Dômen konstskola
below: images from the celebration 13 June 2009      
domensign newheadofschool
Dômen konstskola in Slottsskogen, Gothenburg The new head of school Anna Persson speaks
domen50music andrei performance
Håkan and the fish Andrei Lasczynski performs



Pingels ungdomsstipendium

I was lucky to get the Pingels ungdomsstipendium this year. Following this I will be able to show more work in a separate space on Höstsalongen at Kristinehamns konstmuseum.

Vf 26th March