Firestorm by Marc Tolud, Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48
Marc Tolud’s works embody visionary ideas about the more obscure spaces of our mind, the border regions of our consciousness. His compositions intend to create places that look otherworldly and bewitching to the viewer, yet strangely familiar.
Drawing from a variety of inspirations such as the Jewish Kabbalah, illustrated works of medieval scholars and oriental philosophies Marc Tolud’s paintings can almost be seen as parables about the infinite possibilities of our modern battered brain. Meditation, trance, dreams, the concept of memory and melancholy are the framework for the works’ subjects.
As a self-taught artist Marc Tolud has developed a signature style and a visual vocabulary, where he mixes human figures with mysterious imagery enveloped by rather abstract landscapes. Painting is a way for him to reflect upon his psychological experience and to engage in a personal journey of discovery that speaks to universal themes.
Originally from the Netherlands, the artist has worked in splendid isolation in many places all over the world, where gradually a body of work emerged. Marc has lived in India, Bangladesh, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, UK and often travels to the Negev desert for contemplation and to work in its utter silence, heat and mysterious light.
He currently lives and works in New York City.
"Firestorm" is inspired by the works of the 17th century scholar and artist Athanasius Kircher, where he presented an image of a subterranean world in flames. The painting “Firestorm” is an ode to his prescient vision - here Kircher's subterranean world is our current earth - swirling and swirling faster, fires erupting everywhere, in a spin that can almost no longer be halted, with the calm skies of the universe surrounding it.
Marc Tolud’s works embody visionary ideas about the more obscure spaces of our mind, the border regions of our consciousness.