OnePlus Spotlight - Hampus Olsson, Wallpaper Artist for OnePlus

  1. Brian Yoon
    Head of User Experience Design Apr 13, 2018

    Brian Yoon , Apr 13, 2018 :

    Sometimes, a wallpaper is more than just a wallpaper. Each OnePlus device ships with a set of unique art that attempts to evoke something special, something innately true about the device it's supposed to represent—whether it's the acrylic brush strokes and emotive textures seen on the OnePlus 3, or the 5T's vibrant, abstract close-ups. Making iconic wallpapers is no easy task, but our wallpaper artist, Hampus Olsson, has lived up to the challenge, time and time again. It's my pleasure to introduce him to the OnePlus community.

    Hampus Olsson is a Swedish artist who currently resides in Goa, India. In addition to making wallpapers, he designs websites, illustrations, branding, games, apps, and fashion. He also gives art direction to some of the most influential e-commerce stores in Sweden. His clients include Spotify, GANT, Nestle, Hard Rock Hotel, Holiday Inn, AT&T, and more.


    His story with OnePlus began shortly after the release of the OnePlus One, during a chance meeting with Carl at a Saturday night market, where they quickly bonded over their shared experience growing up in Sweden. Just as Carl was about to leave Goa, Hampus shared some of his art. The rest is history. Carl asked Hampus to create a series of official wallpapers for the OnePlus 2, and this creative partnership has endured ever since. I had a brief chat with Hampus yesterday and he shared some insights about his work and sources of inspiration.

    What’s inspiration behind your work?
    For me, inspiration comes from many directions. I've always had a creative mind. As a child, I used to paint and craft, when I was six, I made my first couple of websites and games. Being able to create things out of nothing has always felt so nice to me. I get inspired by trying out new kind of art forms and new ways of being creative, it inspires me to come up with something challenging and different from what I used to do. I take inspiration from old progressive jazz-rock music, fashion/art magazines, shapes in nature, seeing things from another perspective, visiting new places on earth, antiques, Asian art culture and experimenting with new techniques and mediums.


    Can you introduce your favorite ones?
    I like so many artists, but my favorite one is probably James Jean. The way he comes up with such detailed, abstract and emotional artworks is so inspirational to me. Dan McPharlin, Katsushika Hokusai, Michael Cina, Vania Zouravliov and Michael Page are some other artists I really admire, to name a few.

    Can you trace the evolution of OnePlus wallpapers?
    The first set of wallpapers I made for OnePlus 2 featured a clean, fluid art style with layered colored elevations reaching far into the abyss. The wallpapers made a great impact and stood out from the crowd of other phone wallpapers.

    For the OnePlus X, I started experimenting with paint. We had a unique concept for this model where we wanted the wallpapers to form an X shape. The liquid metallic-style wallpapers were chosen as default, while the other more experimental ones featuring paint were chosen for the gallery.


    For the next model, OnePlus 3, I went a step further and made a bunch of acrylic brush strokes and placed it into a 3D space, to form the shape of a mountain. I also started playing around with some new color combinations that I hadn't used before. With these new wallpapers, I found a style I felt comfortable with and wanted to bring with me to other artworks.

    The 3T model got a similar treatment as the OnePlus 3, but with a warmer and more intense touch. The other wallpapers included in the gallery were very abstract and colorful. This was because of my visit to Paris, where I found great inspiration and decided to go back to traditional methods of painting. In Paris, there is a lot of great art material shops, so I got myself a bag full of acrylics, inks, and mediums, went back to my rented apartment and painted so many paintings they covered the whole floor. I literally had to jump around to get around :)

    Then, it was time for the Midnight Black Edition of OnePlus 3T. For a long time, I had made vibrant, bright, colorful artworks, but for this version, I got the opportunity to make something very dark. It was a great experience and I came up with "Stroke of Genius", featuring a single, red brushstroke traveling alone through a dark, monochrome mountain range. I made another wallpaper for this model called "Terraform", which is influenced by the default wallpapers of 3 and 3T, but darker.

    The OnePlus 5 was another shift in style and featured a floating object with a plain background. I had created a bunch of macro photographs of ink together with my dad, which formed incredible shapes on its own. Some of these photographs were used in parts of the wallpapers for OnePlus 5 to add a fluid feel. Because of the empty spaces around the object in focus, these wallpapers turned out to be abstract, yet simplistic and clean, a new style for OnePlus.


    The OnePlus 5T wallpapers were built around the same style as the 5, but instead of having a central object, we decided on showing the object closer, reaching all the way out to the edges. Instead of having a white or a black background, I decided to make the background color melt together more with the object. Two radically different artworks were put into the gallery too: one featuring an icy cave, and another one of hot lava.

    When asked about his work on the upcoming OnePlus 6 wallpapers, he only had this to say: "With the OnePlus 6 wallpapers, I've brought with me what I've learned along the way. The new wallpapers feature a clean, fluid style with mountainous depths... if I were to compare the new wallpapers with the first ones I made for OnePlus, I would say the new ones are more vibrant, and hold a better, more suitable composition to reveal..." Well, I won't spoil the rest. Suffice to say there are exciting things to come. See more of Hampus Olsson's work here
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  2. hampusolsson
    Cupcake Apr 13, 2018

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    hampusolsson , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Hey, it's Hampus here. I just wanted to say thanks for all your nice comments, it's so great to hear your thoughts about my work. Never Settle! Also, if you want to stay updated when I release new artworks, you can follow me on Instagram <3

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  3. Cheetosdust
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Apr 13, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Thanks for sharing the interview and Hampus work, @Brian Yoon

    All I wanted to read. Great news. ;)

  4. izzykasha
    Lollipop Apr 13, 2018

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  5. Gaston NP
    Lollipop Moderator Apr 13, 2018

    Gaston NP , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Very interesting article, thank you.

  6. youbi
    Marshmallow Assistant Head Moderator Apr 13, 2018

    youbi , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Great reading. :) I must say that I hope the partnership continues for long. I have tried many in my devices but I end up returning to the Hampus Olsson did, they fit perfectly with the phone.

    Keep up the great work. ;)

  7. superplus
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Apr 13, 2018

    superplus , Apr 13, 2018 :
    I always use one of my own photos as my background(s), but still an interesting read, thanks!

  8. Martin_VN
    Ice Cream Sandwich Apr 13, 2018

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  9. agoinfly
    Marshmallow Apr 13, 2018

    agoinfly , Apr 13, 2018 :
    What's your favourite one ?

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  10. Lancelot_69
    Lollipop Apr 13, 2018

    Lancelot_69 , Apr 13, 2018 :
    I agree, never used anyone's wallpaper when you have a volume of great photographs of your own to use. Memories are the best..

  11. pa5t1s
    User of the Year 2014 Apr 13, 2018

  12. Shivang Joshi
    Starting Point Expert Community Expert Apr 13, 2018

    Shivang Joshi , Apr 13, 2018 :
    I like the stock options of the wallpapers. But currently, I am using a shot of the flame captured by me. It looks good on the screen, due to those deep blacks.

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  13. NovinDavis
    KitKat Apr 13, 2018

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  14. NeVeR_SeTTLe
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Apr 13, 2018

    NeVeR_SeTTLe , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Thanks for the interview. Truly great to know a bit more about Hampus :)
    Hampus welcome to the community!!!

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  15. jlasensiofi
    KitKat Apr 13, 2018

    jlasensiofi , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Thank you @Brian Yoon for sharing this interesting work. They are really nice screen shots, I loved them from the first day and I have never had other than the originals of each of the phones I had, from OP1 to 5T.

    Congratulations for those wonderful designs, Hampus Olsson, true works of art.

    Never Settle.

  16. aris
    Jelly Bean Apr 13, 2018

  17. pablofg1978
    Nougat Head Moderator Apr 13, 2018

    pablofg1978 , Apr 13, 2018 :
    I tend to use one the stocks wallpapers, so I really want to see what will be the next to be launched in op6.

  18. gaster
    Lollipop Moderator Apr 13, 2018

    gaster , Apr 13, 2018 :
    Thanks for sharing this great post Brian! Indeed a great art, at least in my opinion and compared to the original wallpaper.

    Hey Hampus. Loved your work. Seems you really have passion and love while you are doing this. Keep going the good work Mr. All the best!

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    Oreo Apr 13, 2018

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    Lollipop Apr 14, 2018