Prince of Darkness, my Jimi Hendrix “portrait”. The first of those
“portraits”. Inspired by Dali´s painting Mae West. Also by Lena Svedberg´s
chaotic drawings, and by Francis Bacon´s torn tortured portraits. I worked for
years on that painting. Started drawing a pencil sketch. This was during my
years as a teacher. In “well behaving” classes (which where not so many, the
school was in an area with many problems, split families, alcohol, drugs) I
found the best pedagogical method was to work together with the students. When
the sketch was finished I started at home working on a fairly large oil, 150 cm
of height. That painting was shown at the Spring Salon in
Stockholm and caused sensation. I remember the female reporter from TV
coming home to interview me was disappointed that I “didn´t at all seem as
violent as the painting”. She was later seen on the TV reporting from several
war scenes…