Recipient of the 2022 Elfi von Kantzow Alvin Art Award
Tine Lundsfryd lives and works in Brooklyn. She was born and raised on the Island of Falster in Denmark. Growing up in a family of nature lovers, much of her youth was spent on the many beaches and countless little forests the island has to offer. From an early age Tine was interested in the Arts, studying music/voice and theater before fousing primarily on visual art. In Copenhagen she studied with the Danish artist Carsten Dinnsen, as well as some studies of art from the perspective of Antroposophy. Tine moved to New York and enrolled at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design.
Over her three decades in New York City, Tine has continued to explore the field of abstract painting, in particular the fields of geometric abstraction and process painting. Loosely drawn shapes and marks become more rigorously formed elements on the canvas. These elements shape metaphors for a narrative – of a world both seen and experienced in nature – as well as in an engagement in the history of human culture as a way of communication. References abound, from the Decorative Arts, pattern and ornamentation, as well as religious/non-religious symbolism.
Tine has exhibited widely and received numerous awards and grants including the Purchase Prize from the American Institute of Arts and Letters, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Knud Hoejgaards Fond, the Thomas Edison Foundation -Chautauqua Institution Fund, as well as a Cultural Grant from the American Scandinavian Society in 2000.
In my paintings I work with compact structures. I begin a painting by drawing a grid on the ground of the canvas. The grid consists of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines equally spaced. Within this grid I build a structure. geometric shapes, abstract symbols and ornaments are placed tightly together and combined to build an abstract environment. Subtle spacial movements are developed which move in depth on the picture plane. This structure enables me to place and distribute certain areas to which the viewer is drawn. It could be a cluster of shapes, a color sensation, a line or a movement. It is my aim to disperse loci of interests through the painting, so there is not one hierarchical center, but a variously distributed spatial idea of focal points. My paintings become abstract metaphors for the way I perceive the world around me. From a depiction of a crowded space, to a depiction of inner thought processes, as well as the construction of a substance or idea.
2022 ANNUAL SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS BALL
Tine Lundsfryd was awarded the Elfi von Kantzow Alvin Art Award at the 2022 Annual Scandinavian Christmas Ball in New York City, presented by Anita Alvin Nilert.