Lars Lerin grew up in the small municipality of Munkfors in Värmland County, and already as a young boy he dreamed of becoming an artist. He found an early role model and a mentor in his immediate vicinity.
Axel Florin was born in Munkfors in 1907 and worked as a factory worker. Florin managed to be admitted to a creative school in Gothenburg and studied there for a short period – he simply could not afford to stay for a very long time. Throughout his life, however, he continued to create in his spare time, gaining a certain recognition as a sculptor. He had his studio in an outhouse, where the teenager Lars Lerin also got a space to use.
In Axel’s Time, Lars Lerin tells straight and unimportant about a life that is so close to us and still feels so distant. The book is also illustrated by his amazing paintings of houses, environments and people who now are gone.
As in his previous book, Lessons of Nature, Lars Lerin shows that he is not only an outstanding watercolor painter but also a responsive and sensitive author who can create moods and presence in both words and images. Axel’s Time becomes a document of a lost world, but also an artist’s tribute to a colleague – a depiction of the conditions of creation and the undue need to express himself through the art.