We came across the work of Olle Eksell while searching for Scandinavian imagery for a particularly large Swedish retailer (who we’ll refrain from naming of course!). We fell head over heels in love with Olle’s work; his depictions of Stockholm below were some of our absolute favourites.
Olle Eksell was born in 1918 in Sweden and at a very early age decided that he wanted to become an advertising illustrator. From 1930 to 1941, Olle studied illustration and graphic art in Stockholm, moving onto fulfil his dream of working in the advertising agency in Sweden where he soon met his wife Ruthel. In 1946, the newly married couple sailed with the Drottningholm ship to USA. It was here that Olle came in contact with contemporary designers such as Paul Rand, Alvig Lustig, and Lester Bell., participating in international exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Biennale in Venice. He continued to work until his death in 2007.
Below are just a few examples of his wonderful portfolio. They are absolutely lovely, aren’t they? The palettes, line work and details are soooo enchanting..