Mårtenson lived in the United States as a child, between the ages of 6 and 13. So it is not so surprising that his paintings contain many references to both pop art and specific American culture such as carnivals, amusement parks, casinos and Hollywood celebrities. His two-dimensional paintings are as colorful, accessible and entertaining as the Sunday newspapers’ comics. Nevertheless, they are absolutely serious. In our contemporary compulsive pursuit of ephemeral beauty, status, and hedonism, there is an element of absurdity. But Mårtenson is strongly aware of human mortality and by focusing on current trends and events, he differs from many of his contemporary colleagues.