A print by Purchase College Art and Design Professor Michael Torlen, Mamaroneck, N.Y., was recently purchased by the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo. The print, The Longest Journey, was featured in Prints U.S.A. 2007, a national, biennial competitive exhibition which opened at the Museum November 17.
The competition featured 79 works selected from 311 entries; seven of the works were purchased for the permanent collection.
Michael Torlen is a painter and founding member of the faculty in the Purchase College School of Art+Design. Much of his work is influenced by his childhood in San Diego, Calif. growing up in a Norwegian commercial fishing family. In his work, the persistence of memory, stages of life, the environmental crisis and the empty ocean are thematic subtexts.
“In my studio practice, I make oil paintings and works on paper, including monotypes,” he said. “My imagery develops from direct landscape and studio painting, photography and memories. I often work in series, using repetition, simplification and variation of image and media, to structure narratives. My monotypes combine old and new technology in multiple layers—computer editing, digital printing and traditional printmaking methods, including plate lithography, silkscreen and handwork. The layering of these processes serves as a metaphor for memory.”
Mr. Torlen has been an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine and at Weir Farm, Wilton, Conn. where he is featured in the Visitors Center’s informational videotape. His work is in the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, Housatonic Museum of Art, and in many corporate collections including IBM, Chase Manhattan Bank, J.P.Morgan & Co., and Deloitte & Touche. He is a member of Watercolor USA Honor Society. He exhibits his work at Miranda Fine Arts, Port Chester, N.Y., and Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, N.Y., and in Maine at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, and Whitney Art Works, Portland, and on Monhegan Island at Lupine Gallery.