Stray, Torild

Painting/Drawing/Prints/ Collage/ Sculpture ----Åpent atelier lørdag 18. april 2020----

Artist statement

----Åpent atelier lørdag 18. april 2020----

"Torild Stray is an authentic painter dealing with subtle, raw and deeply human subject matter in her work. Through timeless tangible figurations in oils and charcoal, as well as prints and watercolours, she makes powerful healing images that offer an alternative imaginary space for other possibilities. Stray’s way of putting an image together is both spontaneous and rigorous.She believes painting is highly significant and has a huge impact on our culture, especially now the digital age has flooded the art world and our lives with imagery: “The value in painting lies in the fact that it maintains the human touch and bodily understanding, which is so crucial for culture to thrive.”

Damsgårdsveien 59
5058 Bergen

Telefon: 99497318

One Person Exhibitions
2019 :Artist Residency and Show : M David & Co Gallery Brooklyn , New York
2019 One person show,Oslo Gallery OG (Norway).
2018 FLAUM (Flood) Charcoal and aqua/Homecoming/NY Stories, Galleri Hvelvet, Grieg Collections, Oseana Art & Cultural Center, co- curated by Evelyn Holm (Norway).
Metamorphosis, a large scale artwork, now part of the permanent collection, March 5th, opening event
and installation at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York).
Live drawing performance and Showreel Obscura, New York Armory, curated by Kenneth G. Wikdahl,
(New York).
2017 Showreel Obscura - A Hundred and One Artworks by Torild Stray, audiovisuals by Kenneth G. Wikdahl,Prosjektrommet, Kunstgarasjen, (Norway).
2015 Scapes & Skulls, new paintings & intaglio prints, Galleri Langegården, (Bergen, Norway).
2014 Prosessen, Neptun Gallery, organized by VISP, co-curated by Bjørn Inge Follevaag, (Norway).
2013 Time Warp, paintings & drawings, Bergen Contemporary Art Project Space at Bergen Kjøtt, (Norway).
2012 New Prints, The Element Event Space, hosted by T. Slocum, (New York).
2011 Metamorphosis, prints & new paintings, Galleri Ø, (Tvedestrand, Norway).
2010 Eruption, new paintings, Galleri Langegården, (Bergen, Norway).
2008 Access, Galleri A, (Oslo, Norway).
2006 Transformations, Galleri Langegården, (Bergen, Norway).
2005 Recent Paintings, Galleri A, (Oslo, Norway).
2003 Black Out, Galleri A, (Oslo, Norway).
2001 Recent Paintings, Anna K. Gallery, (Gramercy, New York).
New York Metamorphosis installation opened by the American Embassy, Galleri 27 (Oslo, Norway).
1998 Floor 85 NYC, Steem Gallery, (New York).
1996 New Paintings, Bouhlou Gallery, (Bergen, Norway).
The Wall Gallery, Stern School of Business, New York University, curated by Sabrina Fierman, (New

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Physical, two person Pop Up Show, curated by Wendell Neuentee Wilson (East Village, New York).
The Greatest Show on Earth, Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Tempiero, (Brooklyn, New
Vestlandsmalere gjennom 200 år : fra Johan Christian Dahl til Dolk, selected paintings from
Annie and Birger Mowinckel Art Collection, Bryggens Museum (Norway)
2017 DNA Artist Residency, Annual Summer Show, (Provincetown, USA).
Summer Salon, Utne Harding ART, curated by Kjell Erik Ruud.
Selected Drawings, Kunstgarasjen, (Norway).
2016 Maleri Maleri Maleri: Eight Contemporary Painters, Kunstgarasjen, (Norway).
Inferno Part I & II, curated by Raul Zamudio, Pristine Galleria, (Mexico).
KUNSTforum launch, one-night show: Art and Spirituality held at Lynx, curated by Rasmus Hungnes
Salongen: Room for Art, B-Open, exhibition with six artists based in Bergen, Norway
Group Show, Sideshow Gallery curated by Richard Tempiero, (Brooklyn, New York).
2015 Small Works, Sy Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, curated by Richard Tempiero, (New York).
Circle the Wagon, Sideshow Gallery, (Brooklyn, New York).
B-Open, Open Studios, Norsk Stålpress Artist Studios, (Bergen, Norway).
2014 SCAPES I, five international and local artists, Galleri Parken, (Bergen, Norway).
The Blackburn Exchange Show, juried by Devraj Dakoji.
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center (Ithaca, New York).
Live at The Alamo, group show, Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Tempiero (Brooklyn, New
2013 65 Malerier, Bergen Contemporary Art Project at Bergen Kjøtt, (Bergen, Norway).
Benefit Auction Exhibit, NOoSPHERE Arts.NYC (New York).
30 x 30 Show, Vox Gallery and Galleri Parken holiday show, (Bergen, Norway).
2012 Open Mic, group show, Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Tempiero, (Brooklyn, New York).
Holiday Show, group show curated by Anne Sofie Bertelsen, Galleri Langegården, (Norway).
2011 ReForm Art, curated by Anna Harrah (Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York).
Mysterier, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, (Chatham, New York).
4heads-Governors Island Art Fair, (New York).
18+1, Brik Gallery, curated by David Paulson, (Catskills, New York).
2010 Group show curated by Michael Conner and Marian Spore, an Accumulative Museum of
Art, (Brooklyn, New York).
2010 The Sweetest Thing, four artists at TL Gallery, (New York).
LREI Art Auction Benefit, (New York).
Nordic Mixed Media, Scandinavian Society, curated by Elfie Von Kantzow, (New York).
It’s a Wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, curated by Richard Tempiero, (Brooklyn, New York).
2009 Unfiltered, Building D, Governors Island second Annual Art Fair, (New York).
Visions of The Figure: From Where We Stand, Repetti Gallery, curated by Elisa Jensen, (Long Island
New York).
2008 Governors Island first Annual Art Fair, (New York).
A-laget, Galleri A, curated by Andreas Engelstad, (Norway).
Eros Nocturno, Jonathan Shorr Gallery, curated by Roman Arbear, (Soho, New York).
2007 Things From Your Life, an exhibition in three private homes in Jackson Heights, New York, curated by Kelly Adams & Paul Bloodgood, (Jackson Heights, New York).
Art at Aspatuck, curated by Eunice Miller, (West Hampton, New York).
2006 Speed Limit, An Experiment: History of Women's Art, Redhead Project Space, curated by Seth
Cameron,(New York).
2006 Myths of Ekte, Art Basel Miami, Fountain Art Fair.
2004 The Phantom Limb, Unit B Gallery, curated by Raul Zamudio, (Chicago).
New York Studio School Alumni Exhibition, Elisabeth Harris Gallery, curated by Judd Tully (Chelsea,
New York).
Three Person Show, curated by Jack Dunbar and Elisabeth MacDonald, Washington Art
Association, (Connecticut, New York).
Winter Invitational, Painting Center, curated by Christina Chow, (Soho, New York).
2000 World Views, Nabisco Gallery, selected artists from World Trade Center Artists Residency, (New
Urban Realities and Fantasies, NYSS Gallery, curated by Irving Sandler, (New York).
Juleutstilling, (Christmas Show), Bergen Kunsthalle, (Norway).
1999 Depiction, First Street Gallery, curated by Karen Wilkin, (Soho, New York).
1998 The Downtown Art Exchange Show, (New York).
Absolut Secret, David McKee Gallery, (New York).
1994 The Independent Biennial, Galeria en El Barrio, (Alphabet City, New York).
The Perceptual Pursuit, Plaza Gallery, curated by Graham Nikson, Fordham University, (New York).

Private Commissions
2014 Hotel Neptun lobby, (Bergen, Norway).
2013 Large scale painting for a private residence, (Bergen, Norway).
New York Cityscape painting, private residence (New York, Norway)
2007 Project for Impala Asset Management, (New York).
2003 Large cityscape painting, private residence, (Oslo, Norway).
2000 Double portrait painting, Beatrice Renault and James Whitecross, (New York ).
1999 Portrait painting, John Bomhoff, CFO and Deputy Director, Guggenheim Museum, (New
1994 Portrait painting of Sy Gort, Trustee at the New York Studio School, (New York).

Grants / Awards/ Artist Residencies
2018 Cultural Grant Bergen Community
2017 DNA Artist Residency, (Provincetown, USA).
2015 Art Symposium & Residency (Austevoll, Norway).
2014 Radøy Art Center Stipend, (Norway).
2010 The Foundation of 1949 for the Business Community of Bergen, (Norway).
City of Bergen Department for Art & Culture Stipend, (Norway).
2006 City of Bergen Art Stipend, (Norway).
City of Bergen Art Stipend, (Norway).
2001 The Royal Norwegian Consulate General, (New York).
1998/99 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Views, an artist-in-residence program in the World Trade Center,(New York).
1994 Sally Avery Scholarship. Scandinavian Society Cultural Prize, (New York).
1992/93 Charles H. Revson Fellowship, (New York).
Liv og Arnfinn Heies Stipend, (Norway).
1992 Agnes Gund Scholarship, (New York).
1991 New York Times Foundation, (New York).

Teaching and Lectures
2018 Intensive Drawing Workshop, Spring & Fall classes, Folkeuniversitetet,
Friundervisningen, (Bergen, Norway).
2017 Drawing Marathon, B-Open, April 22nd
2016 Artist Talk, three artists currently showing at Kunstgarasjen: T. Stray, Arvid Pettersen and Win van
den Toorn.
Sound Massage, Bergen Assembly Art Triennial, (Norway).
Drawing workshop: With the Figure, conducted by Torild Stray and B-Open, (Bergen, Norway).
2015 Lecture/Artist Talk: Form & Content, Galleri Langegården, (Norway).
Private students’ painting workshop with a model, (Bergen, Norway).
2014 In conversation: Neptun Gallery, T. Stray with curator Bjørn Inge Follevaag, Prosessen show.
2012 Lecture on my own work, Bryggen Kunstskole, Fredagsakademiet, (Norway).
2004/07 Drawing and painting classes for private students, (Soho, New York).
2001/03 Drawing teacher, New York Studio School (New York).
2001 Drawing Marathon, Bryggen Kunstskole, (Bergen, Norway).

1990/94 New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture
1988/90 Nordic School of Art, Kokkola, Finland
1989 Arthistory Grunnfag University of Bergen, Norway
Examen Philosophicum University of Bergen
1987/88 Strykejernet Art School, Oslo,Norway

Selected Public Collections
National September 11 Memorial & Museum Permanent
New York Federal Reserve Bank, New York
Rupert Murdoch Collection, New York
Philip Isler Collection, New York
Grieg Foundation, Norway
Strømberg Gruppen, Norway
Birger Mowinckel Collection, Bergen

Selected Bibliography (reviews and publications)

2019 Review by Tommy Olsson Klassekampen March 2019
Flimmer Film, “Return of A View” documentary about T.Stray, directed by Eivind Tolaas.
2018 KUNSTforum,"Eirik Storesund, “Etter Ginnungagap”
True Vue / New York Metamorphosis by Lisa Conte, Head of Conservation.
Bergens Tidende/ Kultur / Torild Stray captured the view from the Twin Towers before they fell.
Now the story will become a documentary film.

Aftenposten / Kultur / Strays artwork is becoming part of the National Memorial by Christina Pletten
Untapped Cities / Charcoal Drawing of WTC North Tower Vantage Point now on display at
9/11 Memorial Museum by Alyssa Ciardi

9/11 Memorial & Museum / New on View : Torild Strays new York Metamorphosis The Memo Blog
Ny tid / An example of the priceless value of the freedom of expression in art by Elen
Lande Dagsavisen / Art is going home to World Trade Centre by Ida
Madsen OS & Fusaposten / From New York to Oseana by Liv Berit Kallekleiv
NRK Radio / National Radio Broadcast
BA / Bergensavisen / Norwegian Art to september 11 Museum in New York
NRK / This Artwork was conceived in the Twin Towers - now it is coming back, by Per Vidar
Raunholm and Lene Granli
2015 BA / Bergensavisen / Stray exhibits in Bergen & New York by Ørjan Nilsson.
2011 Norwegian Broadcasting Television News, Interview with Torild Stray from New York the day
after the terror attach on September 11th.
2008 Byavisen/Citypaper, Stray paints humans with raw energy by Silje Stavrum,
Norevik. 2006 Catalog text by philosopher Knut Kolnar. Contemplation:1. An
Apocalyptic Landscape 2.
Earthwoman – Bombyx.
Bergens Tidende / From a loft in Brooklyn and back to the roots by Ole M. Orset
Bergens Tidende / Kultur / Review Bergens Tidende, Norway, Paintings with depth and
soulful imagery by Oystein Hauge
2004 Amazon / Site Matters, book published by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's World Trade Center

1998 The New York Times / New York Times, April 30, 1998: Port Authority Opens Trade Center to
Select Painters, by Jan Hoffman.
National Public Radio, NPR Morning Edition, May 1998: Artists' Lofty Lofts by Margot Adler
BBC news coverage with selected artists.
Norwegian Broadcasting Television, interview by Manahatta Film at the 91st Floor Studio,
World Trade Center.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Views, an artist-in-residence program in the World
Trade Centre.
Artists Residency, 1997-2001.
2003 Norwegian Public Radio, P2 Radio, Oslo, directed by Tonje Aursland: Art in NYC post 9/11.
2002 Bergens Tidende / From New York with Drawing Marathon by Elisabeth Langeland Matre
Review, NY Arts Magazine, Where is (intimate) painting today? by Robert C. Morgan.
2001 Review,, Real Presences by Jack Ireland.
Dagbladet / Review, Dagbladet, Oslo,

9/11 Memorial & Museum, New York, instalation of NY Metamorphosis March 5th 2019
Nornes at the well of Urdu ( recharging Earth) oil on linen 175 cm x 193 cm
Drawing Performance New York Armory & Oseana Art Center, Norway
Caput Mortum, oil on linen 30 cm x 30 cm