Stray, Torild

Painting/Drawing/Prints/ Collage/ Sculpture

Artist statement

-- Åpent atelier søndag 27. september 2020 --

1. " The starting point for a work of art may as well be something rather banal, as a man on a paddel board striving with finding his balance. However it is the underlying forces of existence such as our dreams, myths, everyday anxieties, and existential puzzles and their stories that informs my work. I process this through the complexity of drawing and the power of color. The dark strength of the charcoal and the mystery and drama of the occurring silhouettes.”

2: "It is my artistic vision that brings life to my paintings. As living works of art, painting maintains an important position in contemporary society, because it has the ability to mirror the human condition in a unique and sometimes nurturing way." T.Stray

3. “Etter over 20 år i NYC , omgitt av det totalt urbane, har naturen og det vestlandske stemningsleie fått en ny innflytelse på arbeidet mitt. De ulike elementene har nå begynt å smelte sammen i nye bilder.
Det er min kunstneriske visjon som driver bildene frem i lyset. Maleriet har fått en ny aktualitet i vår tid og gjenspeiler nye dimensjoner av virkeligheten og den menneskelige tilstand.“

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5058 Bergen

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Torild Stray’s vision, commitment and work as a painter have brought critical acclaim as well as a strong international following of collectors. She has been the recipient of various awards, scholarships and stipends, including The Agnes Gund (MoMa) Award, a New York Times Scholarship, The Scandinavian Society Cultural Award, the Charles H. Revson Fellowship and a fellowship with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist in Residence Program where she painted New York City from both the 85th and 91st floors of one of the twin towers formerly known as One World Trade Center.
Following extensive travels in South East Asia, Stray attended The University of Bergen, The Nordic School of Art in Finland and was accepted at Valand Art Academy in Sweden and The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Stray recently had a survey exhibition at the Oseana Art & Culture Centre (Norway),a drawing performance on site at the Armory Art Basel (New York) in 2018. Her work has been on view at the Sideshow Gallery (New York), the Governors Island Art Fair (New York), Bergen Contemporary Art Project, Galleri Langegården (Norway) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York).
Her work is held in the collections of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York), the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the Grieg Foundation (Norway) and the Birger Mowinckel collection (Norway).

“ My Inner Vision directed me as I decounstructed the city and rebilt it on paper. The buildings, which I came to view as extensions of human beings, took the place of figures in my drawing. At a higher level of abstraction, the city itself was an organic being, alive and constantly changing " 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York, instalation of NY Metamorphosis March 5th 2019
Flaum, 2018, a Survey Exhibition, Torild Stray, Hvelvet Gallery, Oseana Art Center, Grieg Collection curated by Evelyn Hom
“ Descending into Darkness" kull og kritt , collage på papir 200 cm  X 170 cm , 2016 From the exhibition : "A Hundred One Artworks  by Torild Stray Audiovisuals by KG Wikdahl” Kunstgarasjen, Projectroom. The installation Showreel Obscura is a collaborative project between the artist Torild Stray and curator Kenneth G. Wikdahl. In Showreel Obscura, Wikdahl presents 101 of Torilds Strays artworks, part audiovisual and part physical installation including sculpture,skull painting and a large charcoal/collage on paper  : In the artist own words: ”I wanted to make an Art project that emanates some of the political darkness that’s at a highpoint right now juxtaposed by the Nordic winter light and its sublime dark beauty that deeply effects me. Human kind may overcome their struggles again and my work has new life embedded in it.”
Abuse,oil on linen 130 cm x 98 cm, 2020