featured artists: Thomas Zornat

Swedish, B. 1965

On occasion of the solo show at the Gothenburg Museum of Art Swedish art critic Carl-Johan Malmberg wrote: ‘A painting by Thomas Zornat reaches out to the world and withdraws from it at the same time. It stretches out towards people, landscapes and objects. […] But at the same time it re-shapes what it observes; through the working methods of painting — colour, brushwork, delineation and frame — it creates an opposing world.’ 

In the present exhibition, Zornat’s paintings may at first seem to be in opposition. What appears to be wilderness contrasts with the stark utilitarian light switch smiling back at us. The titles give no immediate explanation but we are urged to fill in the gaps ourselves – is the wilderness really pure?


1993-1998        Valand School of Fine Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1992-1993         The Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland
1987-1989         Bild & Form Lunnevad, Linköping, Sweden

Selected Academic Appointments:

2016 current        Principal at KV Konst Skola (Folkuniversitetet), Gothenburg, Sweden
2010                    The Nordic Museum of Watercolours, Skärhamn, Sweden
2007-2009            Principal at The Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland
2006                    Guest teacher at The Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland
2000-2005           Artistic principal, head teacher;  Gerlesborgs school, Bohuslän, Sweden
Selected Awards:

2010                      Cultural award, Västra Götalands region
2008                      The foundation for Swedish visual artists, two year award
2007                      The Längmanska foundation’s cultural award
2004                      The Bengt Harald Evers´ award
1999, 1997, 1996   Otto och Charlotte Mannheimers award
1998, 1997            Helge Ax:son Johnssons award
1998                      Eric Ericson Foundation
1998                     The Bertha Neuberg Foundation award
1995                     The Martin Lamm award
1992                     The Martha, Wivi och Liljesons award
Public Collections & Commissions (Sweden):

Gothenburg Museum of Art
The City of Stockholm
Västra Götaland Region
Statens Konstråd
’Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening’
Apoteksbolaget AB
University of Gothenburg Arts Club

Selected Solo Exhibitions (Sweden):

2012             Vanersborgs Konsthall
2010             Galleri Sander, Norrköping
2008             Stenasalen, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg
2005             Galleri Argo, Stockholm
2004             Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg
2002             Galleri Argo, Stockholm
2000             Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg
1997             Galleri Rotor, Gothenburg
1995             Galleri Konstepidemin Pannrummet, Gothenburg
1994             Galleri Isidor, Linköping

Selected Group Exhibitions:        

2015            Postmodernism, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
2014            With Orion Contemporary at the London Art Fair, London
2013            3X3, Orion Contemporary. St James´s, London 
2013            Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013            Galleri Domeij, Stockholm, Sweden
2012            NP33, Norrköping, Sweden
2011            Urban Perspectives, Orion Contemporary, London
2010            Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009            Konstnärshuset, Galleri Argo VIS(I)T, Stockholm, Sweden   
2007-           Outside The Rules; Outside The Centres, Touring:
2009            Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute, Oslo, Norway
......              Creative School,  Fredericia, Denmark
......               Kristiansund, Norway
......               ‘Kabelfabriken’, Helsinki, Finland
......              K.H. Renlunds Museum, Karleby, Finland
2008             Galleri Thomassen at Art Copenhagen, Denmark
2007             All In, Galleri Thomassen Gothenburg, Sweden
2007            Galleri Thomassen at Konstmässan Sollentuna, Sweden
2006             With Galleri Argo at MARKET Stockholm, Sweden
2005            Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg, Sweden
2003             Nature Morte (landscapes) at Konsthall Skövde, Sweden
2002            Gerlesborgs galleri, Sweden
1999            Galerie Oijens, Gothenburg, Sweden
1998              `98 SPRÖT, Cultural Capital, Stockholm, Sweden
1998            Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden
1996             College of Fine Art, Kanazawa, Japan
1996            Spring Exhibition, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
1995             Östgötaleken, Norrköpings Konsthall, Sweden
1995            Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Västerås, Sweden
1994            Smart Show Stockholm, Sweden

show biography
Oil on panel
size: 40 x 63cm.
22 July 2011
Oil on panel
size: 30 x 42cm.
Return III
Oil on panel
size: 40 x 54cm.
00.30 hours
Oil on panel
size: 50 x 30cm.
Oil on panel
size: 85 x 125cm.
Oil on panel
size: 32.5 x 42.5cm.
Oil on artist's board
size: 70 x 50cm.
Oil on artist's board
size: 40 x 30.5cm.
E 20 II
Oil on artist's board
size: 20 x 26cm.
Oil on artist's board
size: 40 x 27 cm.
Sigrid, 15:36
Oil on artist's board
size: 39 x 27 cm.
Askungen (Cinderella)
Oil on artist's board
size: 22.5 x 14cm.
21 July, 18:09
Oil on artist's board
size: 13 x 28,5cm
Oil on artist's board
size: 30 x 40cm