Book EN THE 17

THE 17 – The story behind the principles for art and life

Author: Erika Mikaelsson
Published: Coming 2021
ISBN: 978-91-984790-0-3   Nordic
Format: Soft cover
Language: English
Pages: 126
Pictures: 77
Paintings by Curt, in colour: 23
Photos in colour: 42
Photos in black and white: 12
Size width / height: 178 mm / 254 mm
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On a summer night in 1964, something happened that would change the young artist Curt Källmans life forever. Little did he imagine that 20 years later, this would lead him to found Vedic Art, a new and different way to relate to creativity and life.

”With feet firmly on the ground and brushes in the heavens”. For many years, Curt Källman gave up his exhibitions to teach. Thousands of people in Sweden, Scandinavia and now also from other parts of Europe have come to the south point of Öland, in the Baltic Sea, to attend the art classes.

Read the fascinating and, at times, dramatic story about the artist Curt Källman and his road to founding today’s Vedic Art. An education in truly free arts that also teaches us, step by step, the art of living. More true to ourselves in a global society.

In the western hemisphere, we have for long now preferred to use the left side of our brain – the logical, technical part. Now the time has come for using the right part, the one that is representing the creative activities.

Vedic Art teaches 17 principles or steps. Steps that guide us through the creative process – the process of life itself.

Curt Källman has lived to see and experience them all. Welcome onboard on his life journey up to the 17…

This book is a collection of stories about the artist who created Vedic Art, accompanied by his own paintings.

Here is an excerpt from the book.


“The blue twilight hour has come. A dark silhouette is wallowing on the absolute south point of Öland. Shadows breaking out of the dark masses, revealing that there are 70 persons trying to find space on the little piece of land in the sea.

Quiet. Expecting what will come out of the act shortly showing itself right in front of their eyes. An act of Nature. Where the first part is the setting of the sun into the western horizon, shortly after that, with a quick turning of heads, following the next part where the full moon with a majestic rise from the eastern horizon up from the sea.

Eyes slowly seeking towards a bearded man.

The last part of the act begins when he slowly opens his fist in a gesture to the Goddess of Art. The golden powder from his hand is spread in the slow wind, landing on the mildly rocking waves. At this moment, Nature creates a piece of art in gold. For everybody to interpret, for everybody to enjoy.

In this fragment of a moment, you understand everything. All questions answered. Simple and easy. The soul rejoices.”
Erika Mikaelsson, Buresjön 2015.


“Erika Mikaelsson’s THE 17 offers a fascinating reading about Curt Källman, who, among other things, is the founder of the art movement called “Vedic Art”, which has 17 principles.

These principles or steps are regarded as starting the creative process.

The author has chosen to write in a style that can best be described as an objective, yet almost poetic, prose with autobiographical content.

The 17 is an excellent read and gives a good picture of how Curt Källman’s life as an artist and art teacher developed. The impression it gives is that it is also written under the influence of the 17 principles of “Vedic art,” i.e., as a navigation map with which man expresses himself.”
Jan Teghammer, Library services reviews.

About the Author

Erika Mikaelsson has worked as a news journalist for over 20 years on newspapers, radio and TV.

Books by the author

Good News For A Change

Goda nyheter för en ännu bättre värld

De 17 – het verhaal achter de Principes voor Kunst en Leven

THE 17 – The story behind the principles for art and life

De 17 – Vägen till principerna för konsten och livet