A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT THE PAINTING
I've been painting and drawing as far back as I remember. My childhood drawings of cuckoo clocks and dinosaurs eventually transformed into outlandish creatures and landscapes during my high school years. My interest in art truly blossomed between 1987 and 1991 while studying at The American University in Washington D.C.. Although AU had a relatively small art program, the teachers were excellent. I learned how to utilize light, color and composition by working strictly from life. I had been painting and drawing from my imagination up to that point, so working from the figure or a still life was a new and challenging process. Although I was at odds with the rigidness and close-mindedness of the academic world after graduating, I eventually gained a profound respect and appreciation for what I had been taught. My imagination now had the backbone and foundation it needed to run free.
My paintings revolve around three basic elements: the landscape, memory and imagination. I paint exclusively in oils and I usually start a painting from some event in nature. Once a basic surface is established, my creative instincts kick in and a new direction is taken. Nothing is ever planned in advance. Once the paint hits the canvas, figures and landscapes are gradually pulled out of the crude mess until there is finally a sense of resolution. I view each painting as part of an unfolding story, although the story often takes unexpected twists and turns. I find it difficult describing my work to others and I have little patience for those who attempt to intellectually dissect art.
I exhibited my paintings at various galleries between 1992 and 2005. Although showing my work was necessary in order to gain initial exposure, dealing with galleries proved to be a frustrating and ultimately unrewarding experience. This "gallery vs. artist" conflict is ageless, however. Although I might consider exhibiting my work again at some point in the future, I'm much happier selling my work privately for the time being.
My paintings have naturally evolved over time, although the atmosphere of the work remains relatively constant. My iconography is constantly evolving as well, with the earlier, isolated figures giving way to more outlandish beings... and back again. Regardless of what I'm painting, my imagery will always remain secondary to the larger issues of light, color and composition. The figures are merely passing through the mystery and silence of the landscape.
Tor Lundvall, November 2007 (amended January 2013)