Ola Billgren was born in Copenhagen in January, 1940. His parents, Hans Billgren and Grete Lützhöft- Billgren were both painters. He received his training at home. At the age of thirteen he began to exhibit water colors and ink drawings locally in österlen in Skåne, where the family had moved in 1940 A trip to Spain with Hans Billgren in 1958 had a decisive impact on his later production. Having settled in Lund in 1960, he participated in a number of group shows where he demonstrated a lyrical-abstract painting style.
Early in 1963 he deserted the abstract and embarked on a photorealist
course under the influencc of the current literary and cinematographic
idioms. His actual breakthrough followed shortly thereafter with
an exhibition at Galleri Karlsson in Stockholm in 1966.
In addition to painting, Ola Billgren has devoted considerable
time to graphics, collage and water colors. He has increasingly
worked with pure photography and he produced a short film, Ill
Wind, in 1964. He has also designed the sets for plays by
Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Duras at Malmö City Theatre.
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