Bengt Arkö 1921-2013

Bengt Olof Arkö was born in Västerås on 3rd August 1921. He was a Swedish artist and teacher.

Arkö attended Konstakademien (Royal Academy of Fine Arts), Stockholm (1944-1949) where he studied under Otte Sköld. Arkö travelled to Italy, France and North Africa (1947-49). It was in southern France (Banyuls sur Mer) that he met Hélène Laparra - and they married in 1949.

Arkö exhibited in Karlskoga (1947) and at Galleri Aestetica, Stockholm (1951). He participated in several group exhibitions, including Elsa Lindström's 'Modern Konst i Hemmiljö' (Modern art in the Home), 'Unga tecknare' (Young Artists), National Museum (1945-50) and the spring salon held at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (1950)

Public works includes his (1951) concretist design for the facade of Hotel Malmen, (Götgatan 49-51, 116 21) Stockholm.

Bengt Arkö taught drawing and painting at Konstfackskolan (Academy of Arts, Crafts and Design), Stockholm from 1953 until his retirement in 1986.

Examples of Bengt Arkö¬ís works are held in the collections of Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) and Nationalmuseum (National Museum) in Stockholm; British Museum, London and Kalmar Konstmuseum.

Bengt Arkö died in Stockholm on 16th October 2013, aged 92.