ABOUT THE CREW
Jesper is the brain and the muscles of this gallery. A very driven man who started observing cinema with a critical and creative eye when he was a teen. Having travelled the world many times and produced several film projects gives him a unique insight as to how creatives can lift each other to new heights in Sweden, where the art society isn't as supportive as it is in other places of the world.
Nella is an artist and designer. She loves to surround herself with music, animals and anything creative. She inhabits a child-like and exciting perspective on life and is intrigued by other cultures and their views on life - that is why she enjoys travelling and meeting new people from all over.
Lexi is Nella's partner in crime. She hangs out in the gallery most of the time and she loves to mingle with strangers. Her area of responsibility is keeping the party going. If she senses that the positive energy is faltering she comes up and boops you with her nose.
Lexi does not answer any emails.
WE ARE OAK ISLAND GALLERY AND
OUR VISION IS TO MAKE IT EASY AND AFFORDABLE FOR UP-AND-COMING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS TO
SHOW THEIR ART.
In our gallery, the artist is the boss and we want
to help you lift your art to new heights.
You let us know how you want the lighting, the music, snacks, drinks and
we set it all up for you to make the most of your showing.
Our goal is to make the artist and the guests leave the exhibition feeling
like they got the most out of the experience.
You can show your paintings, sketches, short films, sculptures, demo releases,
book launches, whatever fits through the door and looks intriguing, we let in.
Oh, and we take 0% commission.
Compare that to other galleries with the standard 30-60%.
Check out our page named “How To Book” for all the info needed.
OUR BRAND STORY:
“IT STARTED WITH FRUSTRATION...
... A frustration with the art scene in Stockholm and how hard it was to find a supportive art haven where you could network and meet other artists and collectors and simply let inspiration and creativity flow.
Oak Island Gallery was formed by Jesper Hurtig and his younger sister Nella Hurtig one gloomy winter when they were discussing how much room for improvement there is in Stockholms non-existing art scene. Nella who had just moved back to Sweden from Santa Barbara, CA hit a wall when she came back all wide-eyed and excited to pursue her career in fine art. She contacted galleries, other artists but no response showed enthusiasm - on the contrary, she felt as if the galleries paid her no mind because she did not yet have a name for her and the other artists offered no help because they were very protective of their own journey and progress in the Swedish art world - a whole “figure it out yourself” vibe.
This was not something Nella was used to, because in Santa Barbara the entire city supported and celebrated local artists and their creativity via monthly art crawls, scholarships, art projects for the public and weekly and monthly art fairs. A very inspiring environment to be in if you are creative.
For Jesper, it was important to create something new and something not commonly seen in Stockholm. He thought back on his visits to London, NYC and Berlin and he longed for those cool, laid-back venues where people from all backgrounds, in all shapes and sizes and ages gathered to listen to music, look at art, talk to strangers and have a good ol’ time.
We both have travelled a lot in our lives and we have seen how art has been highly prioritized and how much it has contributed to each society. We agreed that Stockholm could do so much better with its art scene, but it was in our hands to start this idea and bring artists and art lovers together.
So we sat down, planned, discussed, and dreamed together this plan to make it easier for the emerging artist to get help and be encouraged to both create and both show their art.”