Ulf Löfgren, 1931–2011, was one of Sweden´s most successful
illustrators and created an impressive number of books.
For more than 45 years Ulf Löfgren enriched Sweden with children´s
books with titles as ”The wonderful tree”, ”Patricks workshop”, ”The
tale about the two magic wands” and the books about ”Ludde” and
”Albin” – his most loved characters. He also made the pictures to the
classic swedish TV-program ”Pellepennan and Suddagumman” and beside
his own books he often illustrated others work – for example the tales
of H.C. Andersen. In the 1990s Ulf Löfgren illustrated the first
swedish bible for children, ”Bibel för barn”, a comprehensive work
that took more than three years to finish.
Ulf Löfgren´s artistry was unique and comparisons have often been made
with the old painters of gourd. The thread thru his production was the
humor, the warmth and the slightly twisted way of looking at things.
Many of his books are known outside Sweden – he is translated to about
20 languages. His debut was in 1959 with the book ”The children in the
jungle” that immediately became success and was rewarded with the
plaque of Elsa Beskow.
Prizes and awards
1960 The Elsa Beskow award
1971 Award in Bratislava (The Wonderful Tree)
1971 Bronzemedal in Internationale Buchkunst Austellung i Leipzig(The Wonderful Tree)
1972 Honoured in 5:th Biennale des Arts Graphiques in Brno
1973 Award in Bratislava (Tuffa Gumman)
1975 Award in Bratislava (The Magic Kite)
1977 Grand Prix BIB i Bratislava (Harlequin)
1988 Österreichische Kinder Sachbuchspreis (The children on the Island of La Pacanda)
1991 Knut V Pettersson scholarship by Svenska Tecknare (Swedish Illustrators Association)