Sven Widen works in most media, with an emphasis on watercolor in which he employs a variety of classical and experimental techniques. Over the years, he has practiced an extensive repertoire of printmaking techniques, including advanced stone lithography and simultaneous color contrast in intaglio. Sven has always been inspired by Nature’s shapes and colors and deals with this in the expression of Light.
Sven was born in the town of Vastervik, on Sweden’s east coast, about 180 miles south of Stockholm. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. Many of his art studies took place in Gothenburg; the School for Industrial Art & Design, Kursverksamheten at Goteborg University; Gustavus Primus Art School; Hovedskou Art School; and Studio Litografik. Sven also received scholarships to several juried invitational courses held at Artists’ Collective Studios in Hamburgsund, Goteborg, and Vasteras, Sweden, where he studied advanced lithography and intaglio printmaking. In the early 1990s, he moved to the United States after meeting artist Lizzi Schippert. They married in 1990 and reside in Island Heights, NJ.
A career professional artist, Sven’s work was avidly collected in Sweden by private and corporate collectors and hangs in many regional governmental collections (landsting) and town cultural departmental collections in various parts of Sweden. In the United States, Sven has added to his list of one-man exhibitions, as well as exhibiting widely in group and invitational shows. His work hangs in many private and corporate collections.
His lithograph, “Norse God,” was used as the cover image for Chrysalis magazine, November 1991; and Jersey Shore Vacation Magazine and Map included Sven’s watercolor, “Going to the Beach,” in their Summer 2005 publication.
In March 2007, Sven served as an Adjudicator at the Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Monmouth County Arts Council, held at Brookdale Community College.
Sven and his wife, Lizzi Schippert, established Open Your Eyes in 1993 to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Sven and Lizzi have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995; during the warm months, Sven and Lizzi regularly offer Plein Air Workshops in New Jersey. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both trips sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member
Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member
Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member
Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ