Thomas Pihl


Thomas Pihl (1964 -) works in a minimalistic language, and people often refer to Mark Rothko when facing his works. Pihl himself, however, means that his art is closer related to the sphere of advertising and design in means of the contemporary world's desire for aesthetics. Thus, his works are partly conceptual and Thomas himself mentions the candy sculpture by Felix-Gonzales Torres as a stylistic inspiration.

James Turrel´s light sculptures is another source which has been important to Thomas in his production.


Pihls paintings demand a lot from the viewer, in spite of their at-first-sight simplicity. One must give his paintings time in order to enter the details and encounter his works on a deeper level. The use of acrylic paint makes the light enter the motif, and in the seemingly monochrome paintings there are layers upon layers of different colours on the canvas. Also, the production of these desirable paintings requires time. Time is an essential aspect in Thomas Pihl´s art.


The colour shifts from layer to layer to surface. This way the viewer is drawn into the painting as an active participant, making the viewer’s contemplation an important part of how the painting is understood. 


"Many people want to touch and feel my paintings. Somebody even wanted to lick them (...)" - Thomas Pihl in an interview 



After breaking off his studies of music prematurely, he attended various art schools in Norway and the USA: the National College of Arts and Design in Oslo, the School of visual Arts in New York City, and Hunter College of the City University of New York City.  
The National Museum of Norway, Art Museums of Bergen, the private collection of Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, North Norwegian Art Museum, Rogaland Art Museum


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