Thore H. Edgren

Born and raised in Rockford, Il., my father an artist and furniture designer, was an early influence in my life. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering. After a career as an architect involved in planning large educational facilities and designing interiors, I found myself pursuing the fine art of painting.

I returned to and enjoyed watercolor painting of landscapes. I found myself interested in abstract art and my artwork became influenced by geometric abstracts and abstract expressionism and artists of the 1940-50 era - artists such as Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers and Frank Stella. I enjoyed using acrylic paint with added media to obtain textured paintings.

In the fall of 2011, a fellow artist, J.T. Turner, and I decided there was a need to form an organization for artists to exhibit their abstract art and to bring abstract art to the forefront of the Santa Barbara community. As a result the Abstract Art Collective was born. Today it is an organization of over 100 artist members.

I find abstract art to be infinite and a challenge to find new expressions. Recently, I have been collecting the tree bark shed by the Weeping paperbark tree (Melaleuca leucadendra) and utilizing it to create abstract collages. The size of my collages caring from 10"x10" panels to 4'x5' canvases. As a result I have developed a special appreciation for nature and trees.

Gallery Los Olivos