born 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden, grew up in Sweden, Canada and the United
States. At an early age his grandmother, Louise Peyron, also a painter,
introduced him to the works of old masters at galleries in Stockholm. She
told him stories about their lives and also encouraged his interest to draw and sculpt his siblings. Salvador
Dali was Ulfs greatest hero at this time, but when he later
immigrated to Toronto with his family at the age of 15, he was
greatly inspired by the mystical landscape paintings of Lawren
At the age of 21, Enhörning was
introduced to oil painting at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His
first painting was of a nude, which he placed in an imaginary landscape
of mountains and a sky full of clouds. Her face resembled a work his
grandmother had painted of his mother. He became obsessed with this
painting and felt the need to work on his own and quickly found a studio
space on campus where the teacher would visit to see his progress. Later
he studied briefly at the Victoria College of Art, Victoria, Canada, but
did not stay long as he felt the teachers were imposing their views too
During his twenties he experimented with
colour discovering a vast world and means of expressing emotion and a
elegant technique for mixing shadow colours.
In 1983, at the age of 27, Enhörning
returned to Sweden retracing his roots. In Uppsala, he began
a series of geometrical com-positions, exploring colour and its
relative nature. Squares I was the first one in
The process felt much the same as musical composition. In 1987,
he had a solo exhibition based upon this theme in Toronto's Yorkville
which he called "visual music". Later that same year,
he returned to British Columbia. There, he continued to paint,
write songs for voice and guitar, and study electronic music
at the University of Victoria. He had previously worked with
one of the first computer music systems in the world, the Structured
Sound Synthesis Project (SSSP) at the University of Toronto.
In 1992, he painted She
as an expression of his feelings for a woman. In his search
for colours that would express his feelings, he found a new palette
of soft pastels in a warm glow.
Having previously painted
with more contrast, Ulf was now drawn to a gentler world of less
contrast and warmer colours bringing an ethereal light to his
essentially empty landscapes of land, sea and sky.
landscapes are seen from inside a house, through a window or door.
The viewer escapes the confining interior of convention and
tradition to wide open spaces to distant horizons of hope and to
sensual cloud formations free from a rigid man-made world dominated
straight lines of logic.
There is a deliberate dichotomy in his dialog between opposite
elements; inside and outside, architectural and natural, straight
and curved, shadow and light, confinement and open space, reality
His work has
been compared to Lawren Harris, René Magritte and Christopher
Pratt in its surrealistic quality and architectural elements.
In the spring of 1999, Ulf had a solo show at "Bean around
the World" in Victoria, BC, Canada. He had several paintings
looking through windows, but had introduced a new perspective.
The viewer was now invited to look down at an angle through a
window opening to restful fields of patched farmland spotted by shadows of clouds.
Inspired by a
good review, Ulf decided to take the idea further and began Cloud
Shadows while his show was still running. This became
the first painting in a series of aerial views. He now removed
the window frame
and tilted the angle 90 degrees to the horizontal - straight
down. In a sense he had returned to the colour compositions he
had begun in Sweden in 1985, but the squares now consisted of
patches of farmland. However, he would still choose the colours
of the fields in much the same way he would compose his abstract
paintings or music.
the summer of 1999, Ulf went back to Sweden for a family reunion.
There, he began his large series of miniature paintings. The small
format allowed him to make quick painting sketches outside and to
expand his visual vocabulary.
Since then, he has
painted more outside in what he calls the large studio where
the ceiling is really high. There is an endless amount of things to
paint outside, but he still paints with the same adherence to a
sense of balance. He uses
the real world as raw material and then transforms it into his own
In the winter of 2001 he stayed in
Vero Beach, Florida where he worked on a theme song to
be presented at Toronto's bid for the 2008 summer Olympics. This
song, Stars Shining, was later performed by a choir
of 150 children.
spring of 2001, Ulf drove diagonally across America from Florida
to British Columbia, the west coast of Canada. This trip took
three weeks and has been documented with photographs in his diary. He stayed a couple of years
on Salt Spring Island and in 2004 he went to Portugal to find
inspiration for an upcoming show in Stockholm, Sweden.
During the winter 2004/2005,
he drove to Algarve, Portugal and painted landscapes and cityscapes
on site. Having built a bed in his car by removing the passenger seat and a box on his roof painted with clouds, it enabled
him to travel around the country and paint.