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Gallery: Erik Thor Sandberg’s “Seasons” depicts death as a constant companion

The artist captures "nightmarish tales of our age: angst, worry, and pressure pushed to the absurd."

Erik Thor Sandberg: House, 2004

Erik Thor Sandberg creates oil paintings that curator Vesela Sretenović of the Phillips Collection has characterized as “psychologically insightful…nightmarish tales of our age: angst, worry, and pressure pushed to the absurd.”

That’s certainly true with Sandberg’s new works presented by ConnerSmith, the Logan Circle contemporary art gallery, a series depicting death as humanity’s constant companion, shaping our thoughts and behaviors in ways we may not even realize.

Each oil painting, presented on hexagonal panels of 13 x 11 inches, depicts a naked woman in different scenes from her life — all with a skeleton lurking or posing near or next to her, meant to represent not just one’s physical death but also the end of a relationship, the passing of a period of time, or some other marker in a person’s life.

Erik Thor Sandberg: Blind, 2006

Erik Thor Sandberg: Season, 2020

Erik Thor Sandberg: Respit, 2020

Erik Thor Sandberg: Pause, 2019

Erik Thor Sandberg: Blossom ii, 2017

On virtual display through July 31. Call 202-588-8750 or visit

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Shelf Wood
Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @ruleonwriting.

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