Gallery: Linnea Strid’s Hungover Hyperrealism


Swedish-born artist Linnea Strid paints beautiful, hyperrealistic images of people who look like they’ve been partying a little too hard. In one of Strid’s vivid paintings, a dreadlocked celebrant is passed out on the grass, surrounded by beer bottles, at what looks like a music festival. In another, a young woman whose face we can’t see covers herself with blankets and sheets as harsh, morning light streams in the hotel room window. There’s a shockingly red-lipped three-way kiss (an homage to pervy photographer Terry Richardson, of course) and a hand covered in blood.

While Strid’s themes vary, many of her pictures imply a sort of dark reflection on the past night’s — or even a whole lifetime’s — mistakes. Girls stare in mirrors or pour water over their heads, looking for some way to cleanse themselves of regrets. Page through some of our favorite Strid paintings, and inevitably relive your own self-destructive moments, after the jump.

Linnea Strid, Generation Trash, 2010, oil on plywood, 55 x 61 cm.

Linnea Strid, A Glimpse of the Future, 2010, oil on plywood, 55 x 40.5 cm.

Linnea Strid, Night Life, Lite Nife, 2010, Oil on plywood, 41 x 55 cm.

Linnea Strid, Four Drunks and a Dog, 2010, oil on plywood, 45 x 61 cm.

Linnea Strid, Rinse and Exhale, 2010, oil on plywood, 55 x 40.5 cm.

Linnea Strid, Hotel Room Anxiety, 2010, oil on plywood, 54,5 x 41 cm.

Linnea Strid, Unusual Thursday, 2010, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm.

Linnea Strid, What We Are Made Of, 2010, oil on plywood, 30 x 32 cm.

Linnea Strid, Kiss (Homage to Terry Richardson), 2010, oil and acrylics on plywood, 55 x 70 cm.

Linnea Strid, Drops Dripping, Mind Slipping, 2010, oil on plywood, 55 x 30,5 cm.