Maria Torp – Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen
Born 1975 in Denmark
Maria Torp lives and works in Copenhagen. She graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 and has previously studied at the London College of Printing.
Maria Torp masters the superrealistic genre, which has been a continuous feature in her oeuvre. Her artworks are based on drawings, which the artist translates to photos, which she translates to painting - a process that both integrates and resolves the weight of the superrealistic style of painting and makes the experimental features more visible. For Maria Torp, drawing is where she lets go of control, parks the mind and lets the ink flow. This results in a large quantity of drawings, that in action, mood or gesture refers to a person's character, story or situation. Subequently, she stages the selected individuals and photographs them, from which she replicates their portraits in her interprative paintings of personal characters. With such simple narrative techniques, intuition and free play Maria Torp converts the portrayed individuals into characters in a mixture of realism, drawing, abstraction and expressionism.