Born in 1938 in Graz, in Austria, Jorrit Tornquist has been studying colours for forty years, especially their relation with light and with the surface of the painting.
His approach has always been scientific and his attempt to combine the structural-chromatic value with the sensitive-affective value is the most innovative aspect of his research: his later works present three-dimensional textures "in order to make the colour be seen as light", giving a vibrating effect to the surface.
Since 1965 he exhibited in many important galleries in Italy and abroad, obtaining great consent: in 1986 he exhibited at XIII Venice Biennale with artists such as Luigi Veronesi, Julio Le Parc , Bruno Munari, Victor Vasarely, Max Bill, Josef Albers and Lucio Fontana. From 1980 he has worked as a teacher at Istituto Europeo del Design in Milan, Graz University, Fine Arts Academy in Bergamo and Politecnico of Milan.
Tornquist is also a colour designer and works on the cromatic appearance of the buildings.
Jorrit Tornquist (1938)
Opus 374 C/b
acrylic on canvas
Provenance: Private Collection, Milan, Italy.