Swedish artist Kent Iwemyr has lived almost his entire life in a small post-industrial town in Sweden called Hallstahammar. His younger years were spent working in forests, as a building engineer and then as a teacher, before coming to art later in life. He describes his aesthetic as “a bit bad,” striving for authenticity in the rural scenes he paints based on his experience of Hallstahammar and the surrounding region. Kent’s works have come to be seen as a precious documentation of rural living, which is quickly disappearing in 21st Century Sweden, and have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions around the world. We featured five of his favorite paintings and spoke to him about the thought process and story behind each one.