Tollef Runquist



Artist Statement

“Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. 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. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor them, and then move on.

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. I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. I received a B.A. in studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002 and have since been continuing my education through creation.”


Tollef Runquist was featured in Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors May 2015 issue. See the article here:

Tollef Runquist was featured in Maine Home + Design’s January 2013 issue. See the feature here: MH+D_Jan2013_Tollef Runquist.

Tollef Runquist was featured in Maine Home + Design magazine’s April 2011 Issue: MHD Tollef Runquist April 2011

Tollef Runquist gave an artist talk at the Camden Public Library February 2011 about his concurrent exhibit. Follow the link to watch: Tollef Runquist Artist Talk 2011.

Tollef exhibited his toy series, “Shiloh’s Collection” at the OK Harris Gallery in New York in the Spring 2013.


FIVE DAY WORKSHOP WITH BJORN RUNQUIST, Clark Island, Maine, August 17th – 21st, 2015