Zigge has most of his customers through the Internet
but the studio and gallery is always open to visitors and customers. If not in, he's back soon, just walking his labrador. He likes the routines and even monotony but after a long and somewhat isolated winter Zigge welcomes chatting with people again, and he gladly guides them around the ground floor where he houses. With a smile he says that he is considering setting up a sign with "Zigge Holmgren Museum", as the bird painter Lars Jonsson has done in the south of the island. But I assume he was joking. He is, after all, still pretty alive... where he works with his post-historical portraits and Muzak-Art, some slightly different Gotland motives that he continually exhibits.
"Well I am like Carl Larsson, though I live!", is something you might hear Zigge shout with a heartful laugh when you catch him in his robe at noon... He explains that the reason for this is that he starts to work as soon as he has poured up his morning coffee and then get stuck there in front of the computer. After having lived most of his life in a hectic Stockholm, he has fully adapted the calm pace of Visby. So even though he's always working, he claims he can simultainiously enjoy some sort of vacation, every day. His work is sort of integrated in daily life, now having become a native... It had never worked in Stockholm he says.
The idea of making this unique type of portraits gradually arose after arriving to Gotland. Initially he was just playing around, from which he believes many good ideas have been hatched and having fun is his real motivation he says... He thinks one should be somewhat careful in believing that life is for real. Zigge has combined both studio and gallery in the family's villa in the northern part of Visby, which is a little quieter than downtown Visby. The surroundings are almost a little rural here, where the grass is always higher than the neighbour's due to the fair and almost Mediterranean sea climate and way of living in this medieval Hansa city. The garden stays green the whole winter due to the ivy. There is a deckchair in the garden, but he uses it mostly late evenings when it becomes dark enough to scout for satellites, enjoying a cigarette in splendid isolation. But he says he's now found out that one can not see satellites at night, just at dawn and dusk, but that does not matter... there are also stars falling...
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ZIGGE HOLMGREN - POST-ART STUDIO, VISBY
"A portrait lifts a person from the everyday life. It's a kind of magic... although magic was an everyday thing in the Renaissance era"...