About the artist

For the past twenty-five years, Ian Tornay has painted landscapes in rural north eastern Pennsylvania, Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia often returning to the same view for years at a time. Most recently he has been painting in the Pennypack Preserve in Southeastern Pennsylvania and on Block Island, Rhode Island. His paintings, created from direct observation, emphasize fluid and energetic brushwork.

Tornay’s longtime studio is a carriage house located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. The studio itself becomes a central character in many still life paintings.  Also, an accomplished woodworker, he constructs bas relief sculptures in wood and plaster. Subject matter for these includes landscape, still life and portraiture.

Tornay’s work has appeared at the National Academy of Design in New York and at the Bowery Gallery in New York. He has lectured at colleges and museums including the Hecksher Museum in Huntington, New York and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington, Delaware. His work was discussed in the New Republic and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has received numerous awards in juried exhibitions including the Hecksher Museum and the Wayne Art Center, Radnor, Pennsylvania. He has completed an artist residency at the Heliker Lahotan Foundation in Maine and was a member of Zeuxis, an association of still life painters.

Ian Tornay lives with his family in Montgomery County, and teaches art and design at Moore College of Art and Design, Community College of Philadelphia and Northampton Community College. He received an undergraduate degree in architecture from Cooper Union.  As a graduate student, he pursued a degree in fine art at Queens College, New York.