Portraits of an Aging Superhero
Born in Falun and now based in Stockholm, Swedish artist Andreas Englund is best known for his funny and realistic oil paintings of an unknown, ageing superhero. The ongoing series seeks to challenge the stereotype of the superhero. On his Behance project description, Englund states:
“I want to make pieces that communicate stories. With the storytelling key elements. That’s where the Superhero concept came to life. I wanted to let people get to know the man behind the mask and tell his story uncensored. My superhero is far from perfect but that doesn’t mean he is isn’t good. He’s just human. Perfect people are just boring and predictable and who wants that?”
While the selection below shows our anonymous superhero in his later years, the complete series ranges from the superhero’s first mission as a toddler to being an old man, still struggling with everyday trivialities.
Prints of most of Andreas’ work is available through his official website; framed or unframed and ranging from open editions (numbered), to limited and collector’s editions. Visit andreasenglund.com for more.