Painter and graphic artist Ingbritt Irene Lagerberg – or ii for short, was born in 1943 and has lived on the west coast of Sweden in Gothenburg for the most part of her life. She showed her work publicly for the first time in 1979 and has since had more than fifty successful exhibitions, mainly in Sweden and Norway, but also in Scotland, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the United States.
From oil and acrylic, Irene has developed a penchant for tempera that she mixes herself. Her colors, often a saturated ultramarine and fluorescent orange, have a unique luster when used with the handmade paper which she prefer. Her paintings are about male and female, communication, relationships and experience.
Quite early in her career she found her special symbolic language, the humanized chairs – the slender female and the mighty male armchair – with her ever since. With three-dimensional montage images she has developed her design language further using self-made paper, tempera and 24 carat gold leafs.