The artist and graphic designer Niklas Elmehed has painted this year’s Nobel Prize Laureates. These portraits have been seen by millions of people in the digital channels of the Nobel Prize – and now the originals can be viewed for the first time at Nobel Prize Museum.
Niklas Elmehed studied at The Royal Institute of Art as well as KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He paints the portraits during a very short period of time with gold foil and black vinyl paint. The portraits are digitalised and published in the Nobel Prize digital channels in connection to the announcements in October. The pictures reach an enormous audience. During the 2019 announcements, 15 million individuals were reached each day worldwide. The portraits were also used by many international news platforms to spread knowledge about the laureates’ discoveries and achievements. This clearly illustrates the global interest for the Nobel Prize.
The strategy behind the portraits has been to create a unified and welcoming graphical expression that weaves together the different prize categories and also work in small formats for mobile phones.
To illustrate laureates has been a part of the publishing strategy for several years, so Niklas Elmehed has also painted the portraits of Malala Yousafzai, Bob Dylan and Aziz Sancar among others.
The portraits are on display for the first time in the museum until 2 December.