It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and gallery artist, Yrjo Edelmann. Edelmann passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 in Stockholm Sweden. Edelmann is survived by his wife Aira and son Adam.
Edelmann’s paintings are world renown and distinctive for their trompe l‘oeil style. Steve Green and Kenneth Craighead were first introduced to Edelmann’s work while touring a gallery in Houston. They were so mesmerized by the unique style and playful nature of the work that they were determined to bring Edelmann’s paintings to the Dallas art scene. Serendipity played a significant role in bringing Edelmann to Dallas. Shortly after seeing Edelmann’s work in Houston, Steve was visiting friends in Los Angeles and was invited to have dinner at a neighbor’s home. The neighbor was an avid art collector who happened to be dating a gentleman from Sweden. Steve mentioned recently seeing Edelmann’s work and how he hoped to bring the same to Dallas. As often happens when things are meant to be, Edelmann was a close friend of the neighbor’s Swedish boyfriend. It was from this happenstance meeting that a ten (10) plus year friendship with Yrjo and Aira began.
Over those ten (10) years, Yrjo and Aira visited Dallas numerous times for gallery openings, while Steve and Kenneth had the pleasure of visiting the Edelmann’s at their summer home in Bergholm on the island of Oland in Sweden, as well as traveling with the Edelmann’s to Paris. When meeting up with The Edelmann’s in Paris, Kenneth fondly tells the story of Yrjo and Aira meeting Steve and Kenneth at their hotel. Edelmann was dressed in a bright red jacket and Aira was in a baby blue suede suit, with matching boots and a jacket trimmed in fur. Edelmann was a large man, 6’4” with long silver hair, dark glasses and a booming voice. Aira on the other hand is a nordic blonde, very tall, slender and distinctly Scandinavian. When Edelmann saw us, the room reverberated with “STEVE, KENNETH”!!!! We heard him before we saw him, but what a sight he and Aira made.
The world is a little less talented place with Edelmann’s passing. He was bigger than life, a rock star in his native Sweden and an artist par excellence. All of us at Craighead-Green mourn his passing and will miss him dearly for the man his was, his unique artwork and most of all his friendship and love.
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207