Runquist is Artist of the Month

Nov 02, 2012
Tollef Runquist’s “Pumpkin Road” is an oil painting depicting the scene outside Camden Public Library’s Atlantic Avenue entrance, looking toward Sea Street.

Camden — An exhibit of oil paintings by Tollef Runquist is being hosted by Dowling Walsh Gallery through Nov. 29 in the Picker Room of the downtown Camden Public Library. The public is invited to a reception for the artist Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Runquist will give a short talk on his work.

Painting is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry, said Runquist. 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,” he said.

Runquist said he feels no particular loyalty to realism or his own past work. Rather, he sets to draw out a particular vision as long as his experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. Runquist’s oil paintings are brilliantly colored in bold strokes, generally painted outdoors.

“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,” said Runquist, who has been drawing and painting as long as he can remember and received a BA in Studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002.

The library show is offered as a benefit by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland. To see more of the artist's work, visit dowlingwalsh.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Tollef Runquist’s “Four On the Floor” is an oil on canvas.
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