Torkwase Dyson

Kossak Painting Program

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

6:30am - 8:00am

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Scales of Departure_Model 01 (Auction Block: From the Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Ideas). 38 X  48 inches. Wood, plexi, graphite, acrylic. 2017

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Torkwase Dyson merges ideas such as site and built environments, nature and culture under the rubric of environmentalism. Fascinated with transformations, ambiguities and environmental changes that place these subjects in relationship to each other, her work revolves around investigating our connections to imagination, materiality, geography and belonging. 

Torkwase Dyson received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003. Her work has been exhibited at Franconia Sculpture Park, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Spelman College Art Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship, the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, FSP/Jerome Fellowship and Yaddo. Dyson’s work has also been supported by the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, The Laundromat Project, the Green Festival of New York, Obsidian Arts and Public funds of the City of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen and Dorchester Projects, in Chicago Il. Dyson is based in Brooklyn, New York and is a lecturer in painting/printmaking at Yale.