Thomas ”Totte” Dellert
15 + 16 december -2017
Thomas Dellert (born in Stockholm, 1953) has for the last thirty years been working with various art forms. He has had more than 100 exhibitions in and around Europe and the United States, and is represented in museums as well as official and private collections all over the world including the Absolut Vodka the Heinz Collection, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
His visual art spans from painting, collage, junk sculpture, to photography, photomontage, video installation, as well as poetry and music. He has designed costumes and sets for theatre, opera and television, book covers and record sleeves.
His visual language is direct, sometimes even violent, but always with a humanistic approach. Although he feels the need to explore the darker side of mankind, he uses irony and humour as his tools. In this tradition most of his art deals with the history of the 20th century.
Thomas Dellert puts a lot of attention to accuracy and truthfulness in his art works. Tirelessly, for years he has been collecting newspaper clippings with apocalyptic headlines, and fetish memorabilia from the last century to build the backbone of his documentary art form.
He also incorporates sound and video, that give direct links to the historical episodes that are depicted in the art works.
During his early years as an artist working and living in New York, he moved in the same circle as Jean Michael Basquiat, and Keith Haring. His friendship with the legendary Pop-artist Andy Warhol gave way to mutual inspiration. Warhol Camouflage works where inspired by Dellert’s early prints. This in exchange resulted in a series of Thomas’ silk-screens, based on the Warhol techniques. Even though some of their work looks similar at first side, though looking closer one realizes that Thomas Dellert, who had been brought up in a socially aware Sweden, shared Warhol’s fascination for glamour and beauty. Thomas Dellert made use a flashy pop art language to depict dramatic historical events.
In 2001 while living and working in his Utopia London, Thomas met Agnieszka Dellfina that resulted in a passionate artistic and personal relationship, which propelled them into the contemporary art scene.
With Agnieszka at his side Thomas found a new language, a fruitful dialogue and an exciting journey that followed, resulting in a series of artworks spanning from photography, painting, video, live performance, music and poetry, as well as ready-mades and installations. The synonyms Dellfina and Dellacroix spun out of their family name Dellert, and the artistic logo D&D was created to represent their universe. Together they made over 50 International exhibits and 55 Short movies, as well as many music recordings under the name of Dejavu.
In 2009 they decided to go separate ways. They divorced as husband and wife and split apart as the artistic couple they had been for nearly 10 years. Dellfina now works on her own solo career and is back in her home country of Poland.
Throughout the long years of his career, Thomas has been living in many cities including Stockholm, New York, Antigua (West Indies), Stuttgart, Barcelona and most of all in London for 8 years and Paris for 12 years. He now lives and work both in Venice and Stockholm
“For me being an artist is to walk along the razor sharp shoreline between the sea of annihilation and the inner landscape of hope; to float in the gap between the awareness of our souls and the indifference of our TV screens. To survive the no-man’s land-where art swings between the cruel madness of reality, and the beauty and serenity of our dreams”.
// Thomas Dellert