Rights & Brands signs with the "Master of horror” - Hans Arnold

22 Jan 2021

Rights & Brands has signed with Hans Arnold Productions, representing artist and illustrator Hans Arnold. Arnold is known for his distinct and surrealistic art, ranging from horror and mystery to fantasy and fairytales. Rights & Brands will represent Hans Arnold for licensing rights.

Hans Arnold (1925-2010) was a Swiss-Swedish artist and illustrator. He grew up in a very strict and conservative Catholic area in Sursee, Switzerland.

Photo: © Bonnier

Arnold later stated that his upbringing was the reason of his obsession with horror, fairytales and beautiful women. He said:


”My sister adored nuns and dragged me to the Catholic church. Mother was a protestant and dragged me to the Protestant church. My grandfather was a train driver and took me to the pub. In church I learned all about hell, at the pub I learned all about beer, swearing and telling filthy stories”


Having finished art school in Luzern and traveling Europe, Arnold finally settled in Stockholm, Sweden. Working as an illustrator for magazines, papers and children’s books for several years, he got his big breakthrough as the ”Master of horror” while illustrating short stories known as ”Veckans chock”  in the women’s magazine Veckorevyn 1954-1979. Following ”Veckans chock”, Hans Arnold became a household name.



A “Swedish Salvador Dali”

Arnold’s typical style was making everyday items appear ghostlike and scary. The children in his illustrations were sweet and innocent while the images of women were more risqué. His illustrations are extremely detailed with clear strikes of surrealism. He has often been compared to a” Swedish Salvador Dali”.

Alongside children’s’ book illustrations he is well known for ABBA’s iconic Greatest hits cover and he also made a name a name for himself in animation, TV vignettes, opera, theatre and TV scenography.  In total there are over 2000 illustrations made by Hans Arnold. The art bank is available via Rights & Brands and images may be added on request.


Interested in licensing Hans Arnold? Contact us here or send an e-mail to info@rightsandbrands.com