The deepest essence of TOR ARNE’S paintings consist of colour, light and their relationship with our world of experiences, our ability to experience things. While physical perception, the landscape, experiences and emotion always underlie Tor Arne’s paintings, the works are not figurative. They represent only themselves. These paintings do not chatter, they exist and whisper, and therefore the viewer must calm down before them to look, feel and surrender.
In the course of eight decades, Tor Arne (b. 1934, Turku) has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Kunsthalle Helsinki and University Art Museum in Austin. His work is included in collections such as Ateneum Art Museum, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and WAM Turku Art Museum. Arne was a long-time teacher and headmaster of the Free Art School in Helsinki. In 2019 he received the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland.