The work of Mabel Åsbrink is on exhibit at Gallery Bellman on the famous Hornsgatan Hump on Södermalm in Stockholm. Mabel – illustrator, artist, designer – has put together a true retrospective. We are given a chance to follow the course of a life, a working life, a woman’s life, an artist’s. Her style is typical in only a positive sense, without other comparisons. What hits the viewer first is the connection between what Mabel created to what, for example, Yves Saint Laurent did – fashion, fashion, fashion. When Mabel passed the customary entrance test and was accepted into Bergh’s School of Advertising, the jury of admissions burst out in a verdict as short as it was concise: “We foresee a shining future in the field of advertising and art.” And we can say that the prediction came true. Many believe that her career and artistic language are unique, and among illustrators, Mabel is considered one with the strongest of artistic styles. But she never stepped into the spotlight, never became an it-girl. Here at home, she became an exclusive fashion designer and illustrator for the clothing company Hennes & Mauritz in 1975. When the company converted to photo illustrations and her position was no longer needed, her career took a new turn.
PAINTINGS IN THE ATTIC
Her intense productivity meant that many of her paintings – for she was a painter as well as an illustrator – ended up in an attic. This fact now makes it possible to exhibit work never previously seen. A quick telephone call with the gallery owner confirms that “She sells like crazy.” Why are we not surprised? So if you want to rest your eyes on something beautiful, go to Gallery Bellman. In Stockholm. Hornsgatan. On the Hump.