BIOGRAPHY MATS MILHAMRE
Mats Milhamre is a Swedish iPad artist. Throughout his life Mats has been creative, both with music, writing and art. He began drawing at an early age, fascinated by the cartoon art. He spent many hours drawing in his childhood, but in his teenage years most of his time was spent on music; he was a songwriter and also played the drums in a band.
In 1998 Mats moved to Lund, an historical town in the south of Sweden. Lund is believed to have been founded around 990 and a lot of historical buildings still stand today. Many of these buildings have played an important role in Mats´s artwork as he has found his own expression by painting the streets and houses of Lund in a naivistic, colorful style.
Art that makes people feel good
As a self taught artist, Mats´s early work was done using oil and acrylic. During this period Mats was trying different techniques searching for his own style. His career as an iPad artist began in 2013 inspired by the art of legendary British artist David Hockney after having visited one of his exhibitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. From that day on all Mats´s artwork has been done using an iPhone or an iPad. Mats paints directly on the screen, mostly with his fingers but sometimes also using a stylus pen. He originally used an app called Brushes before updating to ProCreate, a specialist art app. Using his iPad Mats started painting Lund and other places in his own naivistic style and in the years that followed his work became more widely recognized as his signature style developed. In his art Mats doesn´t try to convey a specific message, but his artwork is characterized by warmth, joy and humor – art that makes people feel good.
Own gallery – Galleri Milhamre
In 2013 Mats had his first vernissage at Galleri Milhamre, his own gallery in the backyard of the house where he lives with his wife and two children, shortly after he had hist first exhibition at Jäger & Jansson Galleri in Lund. A couple of years later, in 2016, Mats made his debut as an illustrator. He did the illustrations for a book called ”Memorabelt! sa Larsson” – a children´s book with historical facts from Lund in the 19th century, written by Claes Wahlöö.
In early 2017 Mats also started a new career as a designer for VIDA in San Francisco. VIDA works with artists from around the world to transform art into beautiful high quality fashion products in a socially conscious way.