EVENT 2017 - LIMITED EDITION
ART EVENT 2017
IKEA presents ART EVENT 2017 - a limited edition collection featuring 12 diverse posters from internationally known artists that all express themselves through drawing. With ART EVENT 2017 we continue our mission to make great art accessible for everyone.
“We have a very strong and simple vision about art at IKEA, and it’s that art should be affordable — it should be accessible for the many people — and also that art belongs in the home, not just in galleries or museums,” says Henrik Most, Creative Leader for ART EVENT 2017.
Limited edition collection
The posters are available for only a few weeks or while stocks last. Here today, gone tomorrow. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to grab great art at an affordable price.
Available in July
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MICHA PAYER & MARTIN GABRIEL
A poster with scattered colourful flowers, green leaves, grass and fruit on a black background. Beside the poster is a toilet with eyes and a big open mouth drawn at the tank. A pencil-drawing of a girl that has long hair, a dress and a mask with black eyes and tusks and a boy with a striped t-shirt, trousers and a face with thick eyebrows, angry eyes and a beak.
Self-portrait by Micha Payer & Martin Gabriel
Close-up of a poster with scattered colourful flowers, green leaves, grass and fruit on a black background.
Micha Payer and Martin Gabriel are renowned for combining one category with another in a transgressing way. They attribute their recognition in the art world to a simple approach that attempts to solve what is often complex subject matter.
From their studio in Vienna, Micha and Martin create meticulous drawings to reflect an array of different worlds. “We draw with pencils and crayons,” says Micha. “The pencil is a very basic instrument, familiar to everyone since childhood, but at the same time you can do very elaborate things with it.”
REFLECTIONS ON DEEP THOUGHT
Micha Payer and Martin Gabriel’s meticulous piece was inspired by a scene in the film Stalker by Andrej Tarkovsky, in which the camera glides over the water - through what Micha describes as ‘a liquid universe of things’. Known for their elaborate portrayal of what could be termed alternative worlds, these Vienna-based artists continue to push the creative boundaries with their work.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
AMIT GREENBERG
A poster in black and white with quotes and drawn women and men in different situations.A pencil-drawing of a smiling man in a t-shirt doing the peace sign with his left hand and holding a balloon with eyes, nose and mouth in his right.
Self-portrait by Amit Greenberg
Close-up of a poster in black and white with quotes and drawn women and men in different situations.
Amit Greenberg’s work seeks to channel what he calls ‘the energy from nature around us’ into his art. Using a variety of media, Amit expresses his desire to alter reality into a fantastic place. “Art isn’t a luxury, it is a state of mind, a documentation of reality, a pathway for new dreams and inspirations,” he says.
His restless spirit and love of ritual and ceremony has taken him from the city streets to the desert. It is nature itself, with what he calls its ‘endless behaviours, movements, forms, and textures’ that inspires him.
ASSEMBLING REALITY
Amit describes his process for ‘Assembling Reality’ as an active exploration of spirituality, sexuality, mortality, fear and joy woven together through art and design. “I strive to create a playful world,” he says. “The viewer is encouraged to indulge and get lost in this multi-dimensional work. The deeper the inspection, the greater the reward.”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
HELL’O
A poster featuring a creature with human legs and a body consisting of different animal heads.A black and white drawing with two round shapes partly merging. One with white dots on a black background and one with eyes.
Self-portrait by Hell’O
Close-up of a poster featuring a creature with human legs and a body consisting of differet animal heads.
Hell’O is composed of two outstanding artistic talents that emerged almost twenty years ago in Brussels. Jérôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille have produced an astonishing array of drawings featuring creatures that may at first seem graphically pleasing and simply imaginative, but who on closer examination often reveal profound symbolism. “We try to translate and merge our separate visions into the same drawing,” says Antoine. “Most importantly, we hope it makes you smile.”
WE ARE ONE
The creative minds behind Hell’O have developed an extraordinary ability to merge separate visions into one drawing, and their work ‘We are one’ is no exception. “The idea was to create a mix between humans and animals in a positive way, to paint a character built from several funny heads,” they say. “This is painted in a very colourful set with a lot of patterns influenced by a combination of African tribal, Memphis design and pop culture.”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
JEAN JULLIEN
A poster featuring a drawing of a man with a long nose standing with his arms and legs in the position of a shelf for books and picture frames.A pencil-drawing of a man with a long nose holding a paint brush.
Self-portrait by Jean Jullien
Close-up of a poster featuring a drawing of a man with a long nose standing with his arms and legs in the position of a shelf for books and picture frames.
Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently living in Los Angeles, where he continues to develop his observational, critical and playful style of illustrations. “I try to capture moments that people react to, to establish a connection with the viewer,” he says.
Jean espouses a humorous reflection of the times that we live in. “My work is much like journalism,” he says. “I observe what is around me and try to sum it up into visual articles or stories.”
SHELFIE
‘Shelfie’ is inspired by a quote from Chuck Palahniuk’s cult film ‘Fight Club’ – “The things you own end up owning you”.The French-born artist presents a humorous take on that concept and also how the human element fits when it comes to creating balance. “This balance having to rely purely on the individual is something I thought could be interesting,” he says. “A literal take on this idea.”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
KEVIN LYONS
A colourful watercolour drawing with monster characters in different shapes stacked on top of each other.A pencil-drawing of a man with a big beard, glasses and a knitted cap.
Self-portrait by Kevin Lyons
Close-up of a colourful watercolour drawing with monster characters in different shapes stacked on top of each other.
Kevin Lyons is an illustrator, designer and creative director renowned for his trademark, artistic Monsters. His background includes work for some of the world’s most visually progressive companies, including market leaders like Nike, Converse, Adidas, Google TV and now, IKEA.
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The drawing represents the energy of Kevin Lyons’ trademark Monsters. “I wanted to create a funky portrait of some of my favourite Monster characters all stacked up on top of each other. They are constantly moving and shaking, beatboxing and breaking. The watercolour echoes that energy and movement through texture and colour,” he says.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
KOEN TASELAAR
A poster with wavy square-pattern in pink, black with purple dots and an imaginary band name, Naive suave.A drawing of a man with dark hair.
Self-portrait by Koen Taselaar
Close-up of a poster with wavy square-pattern in pink, black with purple dots and an imaginary band name, Naive suave.
Koen Taselaar uses several media as artistic ‘canvases’, including drawings, illustrations, collages, sculpture, and even typography. He is described as a creative mastermind, or as one critic put it, “his raw talent, creativity, and obvious passion for the art is undeniable”.
His often complex and intricate work displays a rigorous attention to detail. “The fact that you only need something to draw with and a surface makes it possible to work everywhere,” he says. Approaching recognisable themes from art history in a lighthearted manner, Koen has been nominated for artistic awards across several platforms.
NAIVE SUAVE - IMAGINARY BAND 170
The idea behind his work is a drawing of an imaginary band that only exists in the form a poster. “Alternative music and the various subcultures around it have always intrigued me,” he says. “This has led to a series of drawings around imaginary bands, expanding from my long-time fascination with band names and the almost mythical power of them.”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
HAHAN
A colourful watercolour drawing with monster characters in different shapes stacked on top of each other.A pencil-drawing of a man with a big beard, glasses and a knitted cap.
Self-portrait by Hahan
Close-up of a colourful watercolour drawing with monster characters in different shapes stacked on top of each other.
Themes of rejection and success permeate Hahan’s highly regarded works, which draw inspiration from underground comics and street art as well as Javanese mythology. When asked what three things are most important to him, he cites imagination, freedom and hunger. “Imagination is an important part of the process and the development of my creative work,” he says. “Freedom gives me a broad sense of possibility of what I can do in life, and hunger is vital for me to remain creative and survive in an increasingly competitive world.”
LIFE IS PAY THE BILL
Hahan’s poster reflects what he calls his view about ‘the friction of some commercial forms, the art market, and deeper still - how money is being interpreted in our society’. “In this work, my intention is to show not only how people have to cover their basic needs, but also how people’s existence is affected by the bills that follow them until the end of their lives,” he says.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
RAGNAR PERSSON
A poster with a stone house in the middle of the forest with a black sun in the sky and two people standing in front of the house.A drawing of a man with long dark hair.
Self-portrait by Ragnar Persson
Close-up of a poster with a stone house in the middle of the forest with a black sun in the sky and two people standing in front of the house.
Born in the north of Sweden, this enigmatic artist has described his art as a mix of the Brothers Grimm and Tove Jansson. Yet on closer examination there is a playful glint in the eyes of his subjects that shatters the initial sense of gloom. It is this mix of heavy metal influences and boyish charm that has created a particular niche for Ragnar in the drawing sphere. “I wouldn’t say I have artistic talent,” he says. “I don’t have that really. I enjoy doing art more than being good at it.”
NIGHTWALK
According to Ragnar Persson, when a person travels to northern forests of Sweden and takes a walk in the midnight sun, then he or she will totally comprehend his poster. “The quietness and calmness that is around, as if the forest has gone to sleep, and the fresh air, maybe a small mist coming in, and everything in daylight. It’s like the nature gone to sleep but with one eye open,” he says.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
YASUTO SASADA
A poster featuring a grey skull  with unicorns, buddha-figures, pink and turquoise dragons and other fantasy creatures popping out of the skull.A drawing of an asian man with black glasses.
Self-portrait by Yasuto Sasada
Close-up of a poster featuring a grey skull  with unicorns, buddha-figures, pink and turquoise dragons and other fantasy creatures popping out of the skull.
Japanese artist Yasuto Sasada takes ancient beliefs and myths and visually retells their story in a contemporary way. His highly regarded works often focus on creatures whose lives have been regenerated by having a machine installed in their bodies. Tigers, toki, crayfish and other creatures reinvigorated with fantastic technology are his favourite subjects.
Incredible detail allows the viewer to experience Yasuto’s creatures of imagination as living and breathing entities, where the viewer’s senses are heightened and ideally a new dimension is realised. “I do not make a plan of a drawing, but just do it intuitively when the idea comes to mind “he says.
MATSURI
The impeccable piece “Matsuri” focuses on the artist’s own creative process. “There is a constant flow of ideas popping up in my head, one after another,” he says. “The poster and the skull itself represent these concepts.”
Yasuto’s intricate work reflects his philosophy that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and that his images evolve exponentially during this journey, leading to an outcome where it could be said that a new artistic dimension is realised.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
AMANDINE URRUTY
A poster featuring a labyrinth with surreal and whimsical creatures, such as a pigs head with human eyes, a body-builder with a rabbits head and dogs with robbers mask.A picture of a woman with a false dog nose.
Self-portrait by Amandine Urruty
Close-up of a poster featuring a labyrinth with surreal and whimsical creatures, such as a pigs head with human eyes, a body-builder with a rabbits head and dogs with robbers mask.
Amandine Urruty is a French-born master of traditional drawing, known for her ability to create cheerful galleries of deviant beasts. She has gained global attention by creating a distinct dream-like style by combining the bizarre with highly structured and detailed compositions.
Amandine has the ability to combine extremes - often reconciling grotesque outfits with baroque decorum. A believer in ghosts, she has described her work as a mental whimsical labyrinth, a reflection of one’s imaginary life, from dreams to cute nightmares – “a kind of ragout, mixing antique toys and medieval bestiaries…slimy monsters and lots of love.”
RAINBOWS
Amandine Urruty’s poster reflects her extraordinary ability to combine extremes, using highly structured and detailed compositions to illustrate her surreal and whimsical worlds. “The idea of this particular drawing was to build a mental labyrinth, a reflection of one’s imaginary life, from dreams to cute nightmares,” she says. “It’s a night journey, in a manner of speaking.”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
JOANNA CONCEJO
A poster featuring a girl sitting by a dining table covered with grass, plants and flowers. There are cups, plates, coffee pots and a big bear hiding in the grass.A drawing of a laughing woman, holding her hand in front of her mouth. She is wearing glasses and a big sweater.
Self-portrait by Joanna Concejo
Close-up of a poster featuring a girl sitting by a dining table covered with grass, plants and flowers. There are cups, plates, coffee pots and a big bear hiding in the grass.
AROUND A TABLE
Joanna Concejo decided to reflect upon her love of meeting people, especially family, around a table for a myriad of reasons. “During a meal, drinking coffee or tea, just to talk about the day or tell a story,” she says. “Or maybe just to rest your elbows, sit in silence and look around, or for no particular reason at all!”
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.
Joanna Concejo has inspired art lovers from around the world with her extraordinary charcoal illustrations. Her grandmother, a passionate storyteller, sparked her imagination and desire to create a mystical and fable-like universe combining enigmatic creatures and characters.When asked about the subject matter for her work, she responds “It’s personal. I’m never quite sure what will appear in my art and I’m often surprised myself.”
STEVEN HARRINGTON
A poster with entwined wormlike creatures with palm tree heads in pastel colours.A black and white drawing of a palm tree with eyes and teeth, coming up from a hole in the ground.
Self-portrait by Steven Harrington
Close-up of a poster with entwined wormlike creatures with palm tree heads in pastel colours.
Steven Harrington revels in the blending of nature with the urban landscape. “It’s a friendly reminder of all the beauty of the things around us that we stop seeing over time,” he says.
“If I wasn’t an artist I would try to become a forest park ranger…and probably dream about making art.”
An advocate of the contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, he creates everything from large-scale installations to skateboards and sculptures.
“To me, a simple piece of paper and pencil is where it all starts. From there it’s just endless possibilities and can turn into anything. Drawing is magic and I just love this idea. It’s infinite.”
KEEP IT MELLO
Steven Harrington has been drawing palm trees for almost a decade. “Being from Los Angeles, I wanted to continue to explore my personal palm-tree theme in the hopes of spreading ‘mello’ vibrations and good energy. Hopefully the piece will bring good vibes and California sunshine to homes around the globe,” he says.
Poster size 61cm x 91cm. Available from April 2017 for $14.95.