The Artist

Gudmar Olovson

Gudmar Olovson was born in Boden and grew up in Stockholm where he received his training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His father was a surgeon and his mother painted. In 1960 he came to France, where he continues to work as a sculptor. Since then he has regularly taken part in a great many important exhibitions in, amongst others, Paris, Stockholm and New York. His work is to be found in private collections as well as in public places and in well-known galleries and museums in Europe and the USA. A number of his sketches can be found in the National Art Museum in Stockholm.

His many well-known works include reliefs of Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, a bust of Charles de Gaulle and one of Georges Pompidou. Ingrid Bergman, Jacob Wallenberg, Peter Wallenberg and Philippe de Rothschild are also amongst those whose portraits he has created. Gudmar Olovson has received a number of medals and international awards for his art.

Gudmar has been exhibited at all big “Salon” in Paris, the latest was at La Monnaie 2007, a retrospective exhibition. 2008 a Gudmar museum was inaugurated in Falsterbo, Sweden (Falsterbonäsets Open Air Museum). Gudmar is represented in numerous private collections world wide.

Exhibitions

Selected Awards
1963   Prix de la Grèce de l’Art libre, Paris
1964   Médaille de bronze, Salon des Artistes français, Grand Palais, Paris
1965   Prix sculpture de l’Art libre, Paris
1966   Grand Prix de sculpture de l’Ile de Bendor – Paul Ricard
1967   Grand Prix de sculpture de l’Ile de Bendor – Paul Ricard
1970   Médaille d’or, Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
1971   Grand Prix de sculpture, Académie des beaux-arts de Paris
1976   Prix d’Angers
1976   Prix de sculpture au Salon de Baugé, Château de Baugé, Maine-et-Loire
1999   Grand Prix de la Fondation Taylor, Paris
2011   Chevalier des Art et des Lettres, Ministère d´Affaire Étrangères.

Selected One-Man Exhibitions
1969   Cercle suédois, Paris
1976   Kennedy gallery, New York
1977   SDS-hallen, Malmö
1980   Galerie Rocco, Turzi, Paris
1987   Galleri Lejonet, Stockholm
1988   Svenska mässan, Göteborg
1993   Galerie Rocco, Turzi, Paris
1994   Galerie Annick Driguez, Paris
1995   UNESCO 50 ans, Paris
1996   Club des poètes, Paris
1999   Fondation Taylor, Paris
2000   Falsterbo Konsthall, Falsterbo
2002   Siège d’AXA, Paris
2008   La Monnaie de Paris, Paris
2009   Cercle Munster, Luxemburg
2015   Sällskapet, Stockholm
2016   Royal Bachelors Club, Gothenburg

Selected Exhibitions
1961   Vårsalongen, Cercle Suédois, Paris
1962   Salon de l´Art Libre, Palais des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris
1962   Vårsalongen Liljevalchs, Stockholm
1963   Salon de Indépendants, Grand Palais, Paris
1963   Vårsalongen Liljevalchs, Stockholm
1964   Art Suédois Contemporain, Musée Galliera, Paris
1964   Formes Humaines, Musée Rodin, Paris,
1964   Salon Terres Latines, Musée d´art moderne de la ville de Paris
1964   Salon de l´Art libre, Paris
1964   Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
1965   Art Suédois Contemporain, Musée Galliera, Paris
1965   Le groupe des neuf, Galerie Vendôme, Paris
1965   Salon Contemporain, Musée d´art moderne de la ville de Paris
1965   Salin d´Automne, Grand Palais, Paris
1965   Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
1965   Salon Terres Latines, Musée d´art moderne de la ville de Paris
1966   Salon Comparaisons, Paris
1966   Dessins de sculpteurs de Rodin à nos jours, Strasbourg
1966   Fondations Paul-Ricard au Salon de Vittel
1966   Indépendance et traditions de l`art Français, Madrid
1966   La Maison de la culture de Bourges
1966   Nutida svensk skulptur, Liljevalchs, Stockholm
1966   Oeuvres de papier, Institut Tessin, Paris
1967   Theatre Montparnasse, Paris
1970   The Parisskulptörer Färg och Form, Stockholm
1970   Grands Sculpteurs contemporains, Palais des Archevêques, Narbonnes
1970   Salon des Artistes Français, Paris
1971   Beauté de L´Europe, Musée Galliera, Paris
1971   Beauté de L´Europe, Musée des Pochettes, Nice
1972   Concours Paul-Louis Weiller, Institut de France, Paris
1972   Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris
1974   Concours Paul-Louis Weiller, Institut de France, Paris
1974   Formes humaines, Musée Rodin, Paris
1976   Salon de Baugé, Chateau de Baugé, Maine-et-Loire
1990   Sculpture Francaise, Versailles
1999   Fondation Taylor, Paris
2004   Le Portrait sculpté, Galerie Malaquais, Paris
2005   Dessins de sculpteurs, Galerie Malaquais, Paris
2015   Musée Grimaldi, Haut de Cagnes, Provence