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“The fragility of Mats Gustafson’s art is almost tangible . . . Landscapes, portraits pervaded with eroticism, and fashion illustrations—Gustafson’s brush is adept at them all. They betray that he is an artisan in the deepest sense, both artist and craftsman.”

— Berndt Arell

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Mats Gustafson Watercolors is the only overview publication to date on one of the most admired illustration artists of our time. Known for his subtle and haunting fashion illustrations, intimate portraits, and scenes of nature, Mats Gustafson began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s, at a time when editorial illustration was eclipsed by photography, and watercolor as a conceptual medium had barely been explored. The elegant and expressive character of Gustafson's watercolor, pastel and cut-out paperworks expanded the possibilities of fashion illustration and nearly single-handedly reinvigorated the genre. Published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of Gustafson’s work at the Millesgarden in Stockholm in 2013.

About the Authors: Mats Gustafson’s fashion and portrait illustrations have been included in French and Italian VogueThe New Yorker, and Visionaire, and he has created advertising art for Hermès, Tiffany & Co., Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garçons. His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows. Glenn O’Brien is a renowned art critic and writer. Berndt Arell is the director of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.


ISBN-13: 978-0-9859958-2-9


9.45” x 13.3” (24 x 33.8 cm)

72 pages

50 color illustrations

Published in a limited edition of 1,250 copies, each sequentially numbered.