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Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt målare
Håkan Dahlström & Sture Dahlström

This is a portrait of the painter and the person, a drama documentary, depicting Ehrenfeldt’s artistry, her work with painting, drawing and performance through the decades.

The film is a collaboration between her husband, author Sture Dahlström and their son filmmaker Håkan Dahlström. It was originally filmed on 16mm with the support of Filmverkstan (a swedish workshop centered on experimental film) and has been scanned digitally and restored in 2023.

About Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt: Swedish Painter (1927-2003)

Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt was born on 2nd January 1927 in the Swedish west coast town of Halmstad. She started painting at the age of 12 and studied with the famous surrealist painter Axel Ohlson of Halmstad Gruppen, who on realising her talent taught her all the basics of oil painting. After finishing her education at the local girl’s school in Halmstad, she studied at Corners School of Art in Stockholm and married the jazz-musician and writer Sture Dahlstrom in 1948 at the age of 21.

In 1956 Anna-Stina left Sweden and moved abroad with her husband and three children. She spent the rest of her life living abroad in Spain, Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Arizona and New Mexico, while always keeping a foothold in Sweden.

Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt had her first big exhibition together with three American painters at the Casa de Cultura Museum in Malaga, Spain and another group exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes a year later in the same city. Her first exhibition as a solo artist was at the Woodstock Gallery London in 1965. This London exhibition was followed by solo exhibitions at the Red Barn Gallery in San Francisco, The Gorline Gallery in New York, Elyseum in Taos, New Mexico and an invitation to exhibit her work as part of the “Hands Across the Sea” exhibition at the Workshop Centre in Tucson, Arizona. From 1967 onwards her exhibitions were predominantly at different galleries and museums in her native Sweden or at the successful gallery she set up at Heingeborgen, Lovestad. Here she organised annual exhibitions from 1982 until the time of her death in 2003. She also participated in a number of films/videos/performances.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format
Duration 00:15:00
Color Color
Year 1999
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About the artists

Håkan Dahlström

Håkan Dahlström

Håkan Dahlström, born in Sweden (1952) has dedicated himself to art since his childhood in Málaga (Spain), he spent some ten years there and studied at Picasso’s Art School. A lot of his youth he travelled extensively with his family, both his parents were artists (writer Sture Dahlström and painter Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt).

They lived for a year in the Arizona desert, to which he years later – in 1974 – returned and filmed the 16mm film “Mirror Movement”.
His understanding of Nature and Cosmos is vital, observing plants and animals that are present in his work since his beginnings.

He started out as a filmmaker when he found his father´s camera at the age of 14 and in 1967 won the gold medal at Unescos 5th International Contest for Young Filmmakers (Paris). The following years in California, (San Fransisco) he lived and worked among other artists in the avant-garde circles and participated in the underground film movement, showing his work amongst other places at the Berkeley Film Archives. Back in Sweden he won prizes from Swedish Television in 1967, 1968 and 1969. His work has been shown in cinemathéques and art centers in Scandinavia, Paris, London as well as on television.

Today he continues filming on video, using different media and also ways to achieve interaction between film, photography and 3-dimensional work.

Sture Dahlström

Sture Dahlström

Sture Dahlström was a totally unique Swedish author and jazz musician and well versed in the art of living. In the 1970´s he developed his own unique upbeat, high-speed style, where the bottom line is to conquer a black and hostile world by using sex and kindness.

He travelled extensively and wrote several novels in english (CUCKOO`S PROGRESS and THE DUSTDIVER). He was very interested in film and did several experiments. THE PETRIFIED BASS FIDDLES from 1967 is his first complete film.