Torild Stray

Bergen, Norway

"Torild Stray is a painter of materiality and immateriality. She paints the ethereal presence of people. Her images of humans are never what they seem. Ordinary is not her vocabulary. Auras of the intangible are suspended invisibly near real and tangible figures and objects. Stray´s search for the perceptual contains an imagination of the spiritual. She paints obsessively, with a passion, for the unattainable presence of a tenuous world. She is a true painter. "
Torild Stray (1964) vision, commitment and work as an artist have brought
critical acclaim as well as a strong international following of collectors.
She has been the recipient of many awards, scholarships and stipends,
including The Agnes Gund (MoMa) Award, New York Times Scholarship,
The Scandinavian Society Cultural Award, The Charles Revson Fellowship
and a fellowship with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views
Artist in Residence Program where she had a studio high up in the north
towers formerly known as One World Trade Center.
Stray recently had a a one person Show at Oslo Gallery (Norway), a large
survey exhibition at the Oseana Art & Culture Centre (Norway), a drawing
performance an on site at the Armory Art Basel (New York). Her work has
been on view at Michael David & Co Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), DNA
Artist Residency (Provincetown, USA), Sy Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College
(New York), Pristine Galleria, (Mexico), the Governors Island Art Fair (New
York), Bergen Contemporary Art Project (Norway) and the National September
11 Memorial & Museum (New York).
Her work is held in the collections of the New York Federal Reserve Bank,
The Birger Mowinckel Collection (Norway), Grieg Art Foundation (Norway),
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York) and numerous
Private Collections.
She 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, where she completed
her studies. Stray currently resides and has an active studio in Bergen and
divides her time between Norway and New York.

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