Per-Inge Isheden was born in a small countryside town in the middle of Sweden. He started painting while still a child, inspired by his mother who was an amateur artist.
He studied at the Konstfackskolan in Stockholm 1957-61.
After working 13 years as an art teacher, 1961-74, he started his career as a professional artist by creating a science fiction cartoon for adults.
As a professional artist he has regularly showed his works at galleries and art fairs in Stockholm and other places in Sweden, in Berlin, Copenhagen and London. 2018 he will exhibit in Vienna.
In recent years he has become increasingly well-known, especially on the internet and in Stockholm where he finds many of his motives. He has been described as a "romantic with his feet firmly on the pavement". Admirers of his art have noted his preference of winter and bad weather motives, dusk moods with a mixture of disappearing daylight and neon light effects. They also comment on the sensuality of his nudes and the stunning effect of his unorthodox portraits of August Strindberg and old time super stars such as John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix.
Painting has always been Per-Inge passion, something he couldn’t live without. Since he first saw his mother pressing from the tubes those wonderful brilliant glancing colours and mixing them on her pallet, he literally wanted to eat paint!
From his teens Per-Inge painted on all his free time. During his years in the art school also on Saturdays and Sundays. During his years as teacher on weekends and summer holidays. Then at last full time.
Per-Inge Isheden started mixing the rather conventional painting techniques he learned in the art school, with brush and knife. Then successively adding dripping, splashing and even pouring paint on his canvases. Per-Inge discovered the possibilities of transforming an old landscape painting into a portrait, a pair into the back of a woman.
He looked for inspiration everywhere, not within art but in magazines, comic books, illustrations, old prints, odd road signs, whatever. The colour combination on a big truck, the colour pattern on a fish, the red of a traffic sign.
That chaotic mixture slowly turned into his very personal expression, where he for every new situation choose different parts of his repertoire and his very special way of thinking and solving problems.
Web page www.ishedenart.se