Torkil Gudnason's crisp, sexy, fantastical photographs have made him one of the most compelling and influential photographers of our time. In his study of flowers, Torkil once more coaxes fresh, unexpected dimensions from a classic subject. Flowers have been willing models for artists throughout time - the "original symbol," as Torkil puts it. Canonical flower photographs tend to portray flowers as gorgeous exemplars of purity, distilled color and form. We look, we admire, if from a distance.
New York City based and Denmark born photographer, Torkil Gudnason, came to the United States in 1978 to pursue his passion in the field of photography. In contrast to the long dark winters that Gudnason experienced growing up in Denmark, his mind and eye drifts towards vibrant and lively subject matter that he constructs in his studio. Gudnasonâ€™s most recent works express feelings of wonder and explore the contemporary natural world through the use of color and abstraction of the nude human form. By using classical subject matter, he creates compositions that relate to history but grow and progress in his own light through the use of symbol.