Li Gessbo | Paard Verzameld expo

Joyce Ter Horst
Paard Verzameld
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3 min readNov 16, 2019


On November the 16th, 100 artists will exhibit a 1000 works of art at the historic Market Hall (Saluhallen) in the city center of Uppsala, Sweden. A big art expo that fills the great hall with a lot of artists that shows hundreds of original paintings, photo art and design.

Paard Verzameld teamed up with Li as a strategic partner and is proud to collaborate on this fantastic expo!

Li Gessbo is a contemporary equine artist from Uppsala, Sweden. As a former natural science illustrator and graphic designer is she now making the most expressive paintings, exploring the relationship between horses and humans.

Li has been around horses, raised in a family where she and her siblings have been competing in eventing, show jumping and dressage. Li still trains and competes in dressage, a horse-human relation that inspires to her art. For Li, the horses have always been the source of mental comfort and safety, but in the same time she has been exposed to physical risks and injured a lot of times. This relation arouses mixed feelings.

In her art Li wants to explore the feelings horses can awaken in us and she want to express the interdependence. She also asks questions about the experiences that horses and humans share: We are living in the same world, we are different, but perhaps more similar than one would think? The horse is also a symbol and a creature that we can project both our dreams and fears on. Li moves in the borderland between abstract and figurative art. She wants to let emotion and intuition control the creative process and works consciously to focus on the expression of feelings and not to illustrate reality. Each artwork is a unique piece of contemporary art, it doesn’t look like anything else.

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