STORIES by Torild Stray March 12th – June 12th 2020, open by appointment.

STORIES by Torild Stray March 12th – June 12th 2020, open by appointment.

Open by appoinment – contact: [email protected] or at +47 994 97 318 

STORIES by Torild Stray

Lysverket Restaurant
March 12th – June 12th 2020
Opening Reception with the artist: March 12th 2020, 18:00 – 20:00

Kunstgarasjen proudly presents the exhibition Stories by Torild Stray at Restaurant Lysverket. 
Please join us for the opening on Thursday the 12th of March from 18:00 to 20:00. Meet the artist and discover her artwork and stories outside the gallery space. 
This exhibit will take place from March 12th til the 12th of June 2020.

Artworks are available for purchase. For sales inquiries and more information, please contact the staff at Restaurant Lysverket who will direct you or please contact Kunstgarasjen directly at the following email or telephone: 
[email protected],  +47 53 50 39 50 (Wed – Sun noon – 4PM).


Torild Stray says: “Showing  paintings at Lysverket is like “a home away from home”. It is an intimate space rather then the traditional gallery concept. Imagine you came to my house for dinner and I told you these stories. I have selected a range of my work, spanning over several years in New York and in Bergen today. Some of which have been exhibited in NY, Oslo and Oseana Art Center. 

The starting point for a work of art may as well be something rather banal, as a man on a paddel board striving with finding his balance. However it is the underlying forces of existence such as our dreams, myths, everyday anxieties, and existential puzzles and their stories that informs my work. I process this through the complexity of drawing and the power of color. The dark strength of the charcoal and the mystery and drama of the occurring silhouettes.

Stories at Lysverketexpress my personal experiences that has roots in contemporary society. From the forest at my sacred Summer place Gvila, where I work out of a small traditional “ stabbur”, to the large painting of a paddler during Hurricane Harvey floods in Texas 2018 and back to Ground Zero and my Artist Residency on top of the WTC 1998.

Included here are signed prints “ New York Metamorphosis Blue Veins ” 2019 based on the large original (5 x 2 meters) now permanently in the collection of and on view at The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York . My most resent painting in this show is a pink oil painting, an image of war, based on a woman who survived the oppression of ISIS. On the far wall is a post 9/11 cityscape. During the rebuilding of The New World Trade Center (“Freedom Tower”) I painted it from a view on 60th fl. in the opposite Barclay Tower.

Included in the show are also three glazed clay sculptures spread out in the restaurant space.A drawing from my WTC studio, looking toward Long Island City is mounted in the entrance area.In the private dining room is one of my larger charcoals based on an oil supply ship, a frequent site in the Bergen Harbour. I welcome you into my world of images.”

Torild Stray, Bergen, March 2020.

TORILD STRAY (BIO) was born in Norway and was educated at The University of Bergen, Strykejernet Art School in Oslo, The Nordic Art School in Finland and in 1994 she completed her education at New York Studio School of Drawing Painting & Sculpture. Torild Stray’s vision, commitment and work as a painter have brought critical acclaim as well as a strong international following of collectors. She has been the recipient of various awards, scholarships and stipends, including The Agnes Gund (MoMa) Award, a New York Times Scholarship, The Scandinavian Society Cultural Award, the Charles H. Revson Fellowship and a fellowship with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist in Residence Program where she painted New York City from both the 85th and 91st floors of one of the twin towers formerly known as One World Trade Center. Her work is held in the collections of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York), the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the Grieg Foundation (Norway) and the Birger Mowinckel collection (Norway). She has an active studio in an old factory in the center of Bergen where she also gives occasional workshops for students. A documentary film about Torild Stray´s artwork in New York “Return of a View” directed by Eivind Tolås will soon be completed. Stray divides her time between Bergen and New York.
KUNSTGARASJEN is an art gallery exhibiting and selling contemporary art from professional artists in Bergen and the Vestland region. In addition to alternating exhibitions, we have a wide selection of paintings, sculptures, graphics and other artwork for sale in one of the region’s largest galleries. We also have art exhibitions at Restaurant Lysverket and at Hotel Opus XVI.  

We aim to highlight and promote the great artists who are based in Western Norway and contribute to increased knowledge, interest and sales of contemporary art from this region.

New York’s speilbilde (Mirror) oil on linen,
76 x 67 cm / 30 in x 27 in, 2011