Tollef Runquist Curtain, Toys oil on canvas 40" x 30" (2011?)
Tollef Runquist Kitchen Window Flowers oil on board 16" x 12" (2011?)
I think the paintings of Maine artist Tollef Runquist are breathtaking by almost anyone's standards. His colors seem both truthful and brilliantly exaggerated, his brushwork fluid, spontaneous and confident. He speaks about being open to change and trying new approaches, but all his work shows a passionate focus on color.
Son of the painter Bjorn Runquist, Tollef spent lots of time in his father's studio, conscious of it as kind of a "sacred space".
"My work is always changing and, if I don’t feel like I am pushing forward, I feel lost,"