28 x 28 cm
Edition Panderma, Basel
1966, published 1977
Signed in pencil
Edition Panderma, Carl Laszlo, Basel
Galerie von Bartha, Basel
Private Collection, Basel
Condition / Restauration
mint archival condition
Jorrit Tornquist (born 26 March 1938) is an artist, a color consultant, and a color theorist. Originally he is Austrian and since 1992 he has obtained Italian citizenship.
Initially Tornquist studied biology. In 1958, at the Polytechnic University in Graz, he decided to study architecture.
Since 1959 he has focused on an in-depth study of color principles and color effects, and contemporarily launched his artistic career.
He has interest in the political and artistic movements that promote social transformation; he is a pacifist and refuses to carry out military service. He moved to Italy. Thanks to Getulio Alviani's help, he establishes himself in Sesto San Giovanni. In 1966 he stages his first one-man show at the Vismara Gallery in Milan. In the same year he takes part in the Forum Stadtpark in Graz. In 1967, together with Richard Kriesche and Helga Philipp, Tornquist signs the founding manifesto of the "Gruppo Austria", which aims to direct the Austrian culture towards new artistic languages.
Successively he sets up the Team Color Group (1972), becomes member of the Color Center of Tokyo (1974), actively participates in the Surya group (1977), theorized by the critic Enzo Biffi Gentili.
In parallel to his artistic practices, he starts his career as color consultant with a project for the Caffetteria dello Studente in Graz (1966, in collaboration with Arch. Jorg Mayr), then gradually he began to deal with important architectural sites, among which stands out the incineration plant in Brescia (1996). In 1987 Jorrit Tornquist creates a performance titled "Apartheid" in Graz, his native town, with the intention to raise public awareness towards all living forms. In 1992 he obtains Italian citizenship, though maintaining his Austrian one throughout. In 1995 he builds up the Color & Surface group: Barcelona-Milano-Wien, that undertakes chromatic interventions for public and private projects. (Source: Wikipedia)