About

The vision - Creating spaces

Art See Ocean Gallery is a newly opened artist in residence in the heart of Sweden, run by artists Stefan and Theresa Lekberg. Art See Ocean Gallery is located in the most beautiful nature reserve, where the forest meet the sea. 

Stefan Lekberg is a abstract painter and since he moved into the old farm six years ago he transformed it into a exclusive gallery.

We spent the past three years in our own creative process and now we are building up studios and living spaces for artist residencies and want to share the beauty of this place with the rest of the world and fellow creators, the public and creative community. Please help us to complete the creation of our dream - Art See Ocean Gallery! As Stefan says, "Beauty is the hardest to take in, you have to prepare it its own space," and so we offer you a retreat, a place in nature and solitude.

Art See Ocean Gallery
Art See Ocean Gallery

The Houses- Currently, the residence can accommodate two residents, but we plan to expand space to accommodate six.

The Studios- We currently have one studio in the big house. Three larger studios in total 100 sq. meters, are currently under construction in the barn, including a kitchenette and facilities. We would like to offer these to artists as soon as possible!

Any and all help provided will go towards: Construction materials for completion of the barn studios and a small studio in the garden Insulation in the homes for artist accommodations. 

Artists in residence

Contributors will have a chance to follow the growth of not only Art See and the facilities, but also be the first to meet the artists from around the world who come to visit. 

Art See Ocean have had the honor to have our first artists in resident here, Anil Jacob Kunnel. Anil is a director and filmmaker from Germany. He was writing on his screenplay project during his residency. https://vimeo.com/pheadx

Anil Jacob Kunnel, filmmaker
Anil Jacob Kunnel, filmmaker

And abstract painter Gerdi Fonk from Belgium spent a month in residence at Art See Ocean Gallery. See her art, inspired by natural elements and organic patterns at http://www.fonkgerdi.com/lemuria.html and a video interview with Gerdi on her experience on being in residence at Art See Ocean Gallery for a month https://youtu.be/5r96P9_UI8A and www.artseeocean.com

Lemuria, Gerdi Fonk, Acrylic on canvas
Lemuria, Gerdi Fonk, Acrylic on canvas

And for all backers, talented Emily Dumas, a artist from Brooklyn, New York is arriving in December. http://emilydumas.weebly.com

Emily Dumas, artist in residence, welcome!
Emily Dumas, artist in residence, welcome!

To celebrate with our Kickstarter backers, we are head starting the secret `Behind the scenes backers blog´. That will continue all through 2108, with monthly newsletters. Treat yourself to 2018 be a year of inspiration, creation and contemporary art!

We thank you for support of creative spaces and say 'Welcome!' to all of you artists and creators around the world!

Future studios
Future studios
  • The plan is to turn the big barn into three studio spaces with a kitchen, bathroom and resting area, for our artists in residence by the end of December this year.
  • The big house will work as living space for arriving guests and has a functioning studio. 
  • The small house will be living space for residents and is complete yet has a big top floor that needs painting, winter isolation and heating to work as a bedroom and studio space in wintertime. 
  • We will also build a small house, a office space, and we are planning to be done with it spring 2018.

We need to cover costs of 

  • labor  -  13000 USD
  •  material  -  18000 USD
  •  transportation  -  1000 USD
  •  wood stoves  -  1600 USD
  •  furniture  -  1400 USD
  • Kickstarter fees - 10 %

The minimum sum of these costs are: 39 000 USD

We are not funded by any institution, as independent artists we know how important it is to keep the artistic freedom without restrictions and allow our guest artist the natural rythm of their creative process, exploring, failing and succeeding in their journey. 

All the money we raise in this community will go directly to the nonprofit organisation of the residence and benefit the artists coming here. We know the financial situations that artists can be struggling with and want to provide a tranquil space in nature for creative process at a low cost. 

All the funding above our 39000 USD goal will go directly to granting artists a residence stay with accommodation, studio space and art material.

Rewards

We have special offers for our backers, who help the vision come alive!

Mountain of Gratitude. We will stand on top of the mountain and shout out thank yous so the whole world will hear it.

Shout your heart out mountain, pledge 5 USD
Shout your heart out mountain, pledge 5 USD

Behind the scenes - Backer blog. Let 2018 be a year of inspiration, creation and contemporary art. Be the first one to meet with new arriving artists at Art See Ocean and follow our progress.

Make a wish. This small three will carry your wish in the wind out on the ocean and up to the sky.

wishing three, pledge 50 USD
wishing three, pledge 50 USD

Art Lover Photography. choose from Theresa Lekbergs collections Anima or Rites of passage on www.artseeocean.com

`Vixen´ by Theresa Lekberg, pledges from 300 USD
`Vixen´ by Theresa Lekberg, pledges from 300 USD

Prayer flag. Send your prayer and we put up your flag in the garden.

Prayer flag, pledge 150 USD
Prayer flag, pledge 150 USD

Art See Ocean Tours. Get a virtual tour or come visit us at the residence!

Art See Ocean tours
Art See Ocean tours

Art Lover Painting a Stefan Lekberg painting. Choose a unique painting of Stefan Lekberg, collection on www.artseeocean.com

Stefan Lekberg art
Stefan Lekberg art

Art See Ocean retreat, if you are a Art lover come to the residence and bring home with you a Stefan Lekberg painting or a Theresa Lekberg photography of your choice.

Wild heart by Stefan Lekberg, pledge from 6000 USD
Wild heart by Stefan Lekberg, pledge from 6000 USD

Artist presentations

"Stefan Lekberg is an abstract painter. He has been a artist for more than twenty years and is the founder of "Artsoup", Konstsoppan. Konstsoppan is a natrual interaktion with people, art and culture. For nine years Stefan welcome the public, together with musicians, poets and other artists, into his home and gallery in Gröndal in Stockholm and Art See Ocean gallery. 

As an artist he is ground breaking, not bound by concepts or conforming to convention. He is free. ​ His art is inviting us to the dance of life and death. Facing a Lekberg piece is like facing our inner world, shaking to the ground of what is. It is very intimate. ​ Stefan uses acryl and mixed media such as ash and gold leafs. ​ He paints intuitive, the work is unfolding, never repeating, he lets the art play in its own language. Stefan himself is exploring and experiencing the arts life as much as the audience."

"Theresa Lekberg uses energy, movement and stillness as portals to her work. She is exploring human nature and her own inner landscapes, unfolding and revealing to the viewer the human creatures different layers.  ​ Wether it is in painting, writing, photography or in film her expression touches the mysteries and play of existential questions."

Thank you for backing our projects and supporting other artists around the world!

Stefan and Theresa Lekberg

Risks and challenges

Stefan has worked for twenty years as an artist and for nine years he was the producer of art soup, a collaboration of artists, musicians, poets, can be viewed at Art see ocean.com under `konstsoppan`. Stefan built up this beautiful place, he knows well how long it takes and how much effort needed. All finances will go to the build up of the residence and benefit the artists coming here.

There are always a risk with delays when building, this will slow down the process but we will continue to push forward anyway.

The studio spaces in the barn will be complete in December for arriving artists in residence.

The isolation and living space in the small house will take longer to finish, but we will update the process for you till its done in the springtime.

Building the small house, we have a good deal with a carpenter who will start the project when funded.

As for shipping we estimated good time for packaging to delivery.
We will do our best for you to have your rewards in time.

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    See Art See Ocean

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    Behind the scenes backers blog

    Let 2018 be a year of inspiration, contemporary art and culture.
    As a backer be the first to meet new arriving artist that come here.
    Get first hand access on whats happening behind the scene at Art See Ocean gallery and our progress here.

    We are starting the blog when emerging New York based artist Emily Dumas, who will guest us in December.

    Get your secret password from Theresa on Artseeocean.com
    Backer blog with newsletter every month, behind the scenes on Art See Ocean, all of 2018.

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    Make a wish

    Send us your wish
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    and Theresa will write it on a ribbon
    and install it in a three
    so the wind will sing to it

    we mail you a photo.

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    Virtual visit

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    Art Lover, photography

    Choose one of a selection from
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    Anima.
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    Sunrise

    Rise every morning with the sun for one whole month.

    Some days when the sun rises over the ocean at Art See Ocean Gallery, the tranes land in the field or the deer grace the land. Enjoy natures gift.

    We send you a photography or a 2 min movie, your choice, on todays sunrise at Art See Ocean.

    When the sun comes back to Sweden.
    From 1st of May to May 31st.

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    Art Lover Photography 2

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    Art Lover Painting

    Your own Stefan Lekberg painting.

    Stefan is painting abstract in acryl and mixed media, all pieces are original and unique.

    Guaranty and signed.

    Frame size inches: W 12,5 X H 16,5
    in cm: W 31.7 X H 42

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    Art lover painting 2

    2 paintings by Stefan Lekberg.

    Frame size inches: W 12,5 X H 16,5
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    Stefan is painting abstract in acryl and mixed media, all pieces are original and one of a kind.
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    Exclusive Art See Ocean Tour

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    Be our guest for the weekend
    and spend 2 nights at
    Art See Ocean Gallery

    + Dinner with Stefan and Theresa

    + A private tour of the residence you helped build up.

    1 painting by Stefan Lekberg
    Small size frame inches: W 12,5 X H 16,5
    in cm: W 31.7 X H 42

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    Exclusive Art See Ocean Grand tour

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    Be our guest for the weekend
    2 nights, Friday to Sunday

    + Dinner with Stefan and Theresa

    +A private tour of the residence you helped build up

    +We talk about the process together during our favorite forest hike and picnic in the nature reserve.

    +2 paintings by Stefan Lekberg
    Middle size frame up to:
    inches W 28,25 x H 36
    in cm W 71,7 x H 91,5

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    + Bring home with you 2 framed photographys

    Choose from Theresa Lekberg collection Anima on ArtSeeOcean.com

    Framed and signed
    size inches: W 12,75 x H 16,5
    in cm W 32,5 x H 42

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    Art Lovers + Art See Ocean Retreat

    Includes:

    One whole week in a private house
    7 days, 6 nights
    Including food, self catered

    + 1 dinner with Stefan and Theresa

    +A private tour of the residence you helped build up

    +We talk about the process together during our favorite forest hike and picnic in the nature reserve.

    + Bring 2 paintings of your choice home with you.
    Middle size frame up to
    inches W 28,25 x H 36
    in cm W 71,7 x H 91,5

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    4 photographys, framed and signed.
    Frame size: 42,5 x 32,5 cm

    Choose from ArtSeeOcean.com

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    Big Art Lovers + Art See Ocean retreat

    Includes:
    Be our guest for
    one whole week in a private house
    7 days, 6 nights
    Including food, self catered

    +1 Dinner with Stefan and Theresa

    + A private tour of the residence you helped build up.

    +We talk about the process together during our favorite forest hike and picnic in the nature reserve.

    + Bring home a Big Stefan Lekberg painting.

    Stefan Lekberg is known for his large scale abstract expressions.
    Frame sizes
    Inches W 60 H 69,25
    in cm W 152 X H 176

    View at: ArtSeeOcean.com

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Funding period

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