Featured Artist… Tollef Runquist!

Cars Cars by Tolef Runquist
Cars Cars by Tollef Runquist  10 x 10″ Oil

Tollef Runquist. His paintings are joyful. Colorful, happy and make you want to be a kid again! His wonderful colors bring you in, the bold blots of red and orange keep me hanging in there… fun.

Tollef’s show at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine runs from October 3 – 31, 2014! (Can you believe it’s October 3rd already?) Stop in and take a peek!

Pool Noodles by Tolef Runquist
Pool Noodles by Tollef Runquist  20 x 20″ Oil

See, don’t you want to be a kid again? Colorful pool noodles dot the landscape of a cool house on the water. Happy & fun! Tolef has some wonderful work for this show, if you are anywhere near Rockland, Maine, don’t miss it!

About the show, from Dowling Walsh Gallery website:

” This work, a selection of pieces from the past year, reflects my ongoing interest in aspects of the Decorative, textile design, repetition, symmetry, flatness, and ideas of resolution and process as they apply to the construction of a painting. In addition I have been attending to a sort of cross pollination from other bodies of my own work, namely my ‘toy paintings’ and ‘revision’ series. These paintings contain elements of the whimsical, the dream image, something forgotten, something suggested, and are indicative of the ongoing evolution of my work.”

About Tollef, from DowlingWalsh.com

Artist Statement

“Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor them, and then move on.

Some visual artists who have affected me deeply have been Richard Diebenkorn, Monet, De Kooning, Gauguin, Bonnard, Rothko, Sargent, Gordon Grant, Gerhard Richter, Hopper, Homer, Klimt and Egon Schiele among others. I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. I received a B.A. in studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002 and have since been continuing my education through creation.”

All images via DowlingWalsh.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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