Art in one of the AFU premises
Drawing by Eugen Semitjov illustrating the 1946 Gösta Carlsson landing och contact case
Niklas Svahn, son of Clas Svahn, on his way to AFU with a donation of one of Ambjörn Mattsson´s paintings
An important artist in the history of UFO-Sweden was ufologist Arnold Idebring (1921-2012). For many years chairman of the local group, Enköpings UFO-förening, and one of the most active in taking care of UFO-Sweden´s cottage outside Enköping. Here was also housed his many badges, figurines and UFO models that was Arnold´s speciality. Today they have a prominent place in one of the AFU premises.
Badges made by Arnold Idebring at the Enköping cottage
Arnold´s badges now preserved at AFU
Model of the Gösta Carlssons landing case made by Arnold Idebring
Arnold Idebring and wife Elvira at the UFO Sweden annual conference in Stockhoolm April 8, 1989. Notice the UFO lamps to the right, made by Arnold
In the 1980s one of the most frequent illustrators in UFO-Sweden´s magazine UFO-aktuellt was Dezsö Sternoczy. His paintings often exhibited the almost transcendent beauty of UFO experiences. Many of his original works are now stored in the AFU collection of art.
Painting by Dezsö Sternoczy
Dezsö Sternoczy (left) together with Carl-Anton Mattsson in the beginning of the 1980s
Enormously fascinting is the visonary fantasy and science fiction art of professional artist Max Magnus Norman. The frontpage of one of my books is illustrated by Max and he is also famous for his very large fantasy paintings now in the homes of Swedish ufologists.
Me admiring one of Max Magnus Norman´s paintings
There are many UFO artists not mentioned but I must of course give credit to Tobias Lindgren, head of the report central for UFO-Sweden. He is also an excellent artist and in his regular column in UFO-Aktuellt he presents suggestive illustrations to UFO reports. Tobias has also made the eye catching cover for my new book, with the perfect 1950s retro feeling.
Illustration by Tobias Lindgren
Tobias Lindgren in 2012