Maria Torp

Born in 1975 - Denmark


Maria Torp (born 1975) masters the superrealistic genre, which has been a continuous feature in her oeuvre. Her paintings are pure dynamic precision and yet they offer a sensibility characteristic also to Torps sculptures and drawings.

Maria Torp lives and works in Copenhagen, Danmark. She graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 and has previously studied at the London College of Printing. She has exhibited her works in several Danish art galleries, art museums and art institutions and has made commissioned work for corporations such as FTF, TrygVesta, Ferring and lately at the Velux Foundation. Furthermore Maria Torp is co-founder of the artist trio MAM, together with the artists Anika Lori and Mette Geisler.

Maria Torp's art invites us to rediscover the well known and inspires to curiosity towards the unknown. She works with her motives in an open dialogue of what they really portray as the narratives of minor details or formal expressions open up the motive or turns our understanding entirely upside-down. Throughout her early carrier, drawings established the foundation of her work. More recently they have become an important inspiration both as a form of expression itself but also as a blueprint for her paintings and sculptures.

The artist translates the drawings into photos, which she translates again into painting - a process that both integrates and resolves the weight of the superrealistic style of painting and makes the experimental features more visible. Working with ink and paper allows Torp to work with an intuitive and spontaneous approach. This result in a large quantity of drawings, that in action, mood or gesture refers to a person’s character, story or situation.

Subsequently, she stages the selected individuals and photographs them, then replicates their portraits in her interpretive paintings. With such simple narrative techniques, intuition and free play, Maria Torp converts the portrayed individuals into general characters in a mixture of realism, drawing, abstraction and expressionism.

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2013: Cosmopolitis, Group Show, Galerie Depardieu, France
Group Show, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, DK
VOLTA, New York. Solo presentation. US
2012: Art Copenhagen, DK Ude af fokus, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, DK
2011: Characterized, soloshow, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, DK
Group exhibition, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, DK
2009; Works at Work, Charlottenborg Kunsthal , DK Group exhibtion, WAS, DK
2008: Galleri Christoffer Egelund, DK
MAM # 4, Danske Grafikere, DK Overkill, group exhibition, WAS
2007: Supermarket, (v. Kooh-i-noor), Stockholm ,SE Exit 07, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, DK Elmer vs. Reumert + selected, Galleri Christoffer Egelund
. . . . – 2007 Malerbrus, Dunk Selvsving, Overgaden,
Tegninger, Kopenhagen.dk
Elmers Cut, Galleri Tom Christoffersen
Køge Kunstmuseum, Skitsesamlingen, ”Selvsving”
Buffet, Første til venstre


Statens Kunstfond
VELUX foundation Tryg
Københavns billedudvalg

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