thor wickstrom

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Gender MALE
Occupation Painter
Location North Adams, MA, United States
Introduction Hello, I'm Thor Wickstrom. I spend most days painting, drawing, and doing illustration for picture books and magazines... Because I am interested in painting the real world around me, and the emotional world in my head, I work entirely from life and from imagination. I use traditional media; oil paints, watercolor, charcoal, pastels... My studio is in a historic mill factory in North Adams, Massachusetts. It's a sprawling studio with great light and space for working, teaching and exhibition... In the early 80s I studied painting at the Art Student's League of New York with Robert Philipp, and then in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the School of Hard Knocks. To better understand the craft of painting, I copied master works- Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian- at the Metropolitan and Louvre museums for about 2 years (my personal graduate program)... I currently co-run an exhibition space, studio21south in North Adams, MA, (home of the conceptual mega museum, Mass MoCa, and near to the exquisite Clark Museum in Williamstown). Studio21south features the work of both representational and abstract artists... We're open friday nights and weekends, also by appointment.
Favorite Movies The Seventh Seal, Mon Oncle, Stolen Kisses, Stranger than Paradise, Smiles of a Summer's Night, Drifting Clouds, Yojimbo, Ruggles of Red Gap, A Thousand Clowns, The Producers (with wilder and mostel, of course)
Favorite Music Bach. Arvo Part, Brahms, Mahler, Opera, Operetta, Talking Heads, Tom Waits, Charles Trenet, Boris Vian, Schubert, Leonard Cohen, etc.
Favorite Books authors. shakespeare, cervantes, Zola, Vonnegut, Dickens, Pinkwater :) Lorie Moore, sherman alexie ... books, jacques the fatalist, don quixote, alan Mendelssohn, ...