Jockum Nordström

Jockum Nordström was born December 19, 1963 in Sweden in a family with two brothers and one sister. His father Gert Z Nordström was a professor of Art Education at Konstfack, University College of Art, Crafts and Design, the same school and department from where Jockum graduated in 1988. Nordström’s national poularity increased with the series of children’s books about the character Sailor and his dog Pekka, and while working as an illustrator at the Stockholm newspaper Dagens Nyheter 1997 - 1999. Nordström has also designed record sleeves for the rockband Ceasars. His first show in the United States was at Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco 1999. In 2000 his reputation increased rapidly when some of Nordström’s drawings were exhibited at Liste in Basel and quickly were sold out, among others to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He joined David Zwirner Gallery in New York City in shortly after.

Nordström met his wife, the Swedish painter Karin Mamma Andersson, while working at a summer camp. They live in the Stockholm suburb Tallkrogen and have two sons.

Nordström is known for his collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures that knit together references to folk art and outsider art, jazz, surrealist collage, furniture and architectural design, human sexual habits and maritime lore. He has also written children's books and designed album covers. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Moderna Museet and Magasin 3 in Stockholm, and the Gothenburg Art Museum.