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Marit Törnqvist

was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1964. When she was five she moved to the Netherlands with her Dutch mother, Swedish father and her brother and sister.

From 1982 to 1987, she studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where her talent and unique style made an immediate impression.

In Sweden, she was asked to illustrate Astrid Lindgren’s work and so she gained a large audience outside the Netherlands and Flanders too. Törnqvist is also a writer; the first book she wrote, Klein verhaal over liefde (A short story about love) was published in 1995 and won a Zilveren Griffel.

The press has described her work as “impressive and timeless”, “technically astonishing”, “colourful, layered and full of emotion” and as “a personal universe”. There are indeed many highlights in Marit Törnqvist’s oeuvre. Her illustrations for Jij bent de liefste (You’re the dearest), a picture book of poems by Hans and Monique Hagen, reveal a great sensitivity to what goes on in the minds of young children. The door to childhood seems to have remained wide open for Törnqvist. In Pikkuhenki, a modern fairy tale by Toon Tellegen, for which she won the Gouden Penseel in 2006, she shows her darker side, dramatically emphasizing the power of the lonely little boy.

You won’t find any large faces with explicit emotions in Marit Törnqvist’s illustrations; she prefers to let the surroundings, the light, the colours and the materials show how her characters are feeling, creating a universal world where there is room for every child.

Marits picturebooks has been published in Sweden, the Netherlands, USA, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Iran, Palestina, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Russia.

The Mirror
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
On the way
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
Happy Island
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
The birds of Hope
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
The long journey
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
The Island of Love
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
Waves
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
30x45 cm, 65 EUR
Black birds
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
40x60 cm, 99 EUR
The Island of Strength
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
40x60 cm, 99 EUR
Longing birds
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
40x60 cm, 99 EUR
The Island of Joy
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
40x60 cm, 99 EUR
The first Island
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
40x60 cm, 99 EUR
World of Islands
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
Island of Play
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

40x60 cm, 99 EUR
The World of Boats
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

150x90 cm, 300 EUR
90x55 cm, 155 EUR
Silence
Happy Island 2017. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
Fabians fest
Ur boken Fabians fest, utgiven av Raben&Sjögren 2016. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist

90x60 cm, 159 EUR
Sunflower sea - canvas painting
From the book Jij bent de liefste by Hans & Monique Hagen © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2000

60x30 cm, 89 EUR
90x45 cm, 139 EUR
Clouds - canvas painting
From the book Jij bent de liefste by Hans & Monique Hagen © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2000

45x30 cm, 65 EUR
90x60 cm, 149 EUR
Big feet - canvas painting
From the book Jij bent de liefste by Hans & Monique Hagen © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2000

60x30 cm, 89 EUR
90x45 cm, 139 EUR
Follow the leader - canvas painting
From the book Ik blijf altijd bij je – I am always with you Querido. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2008

60x30 cm, 89 EUR
90x45 cm, 139 EUR
Rocking horse - canvas painting
From the book Ik blijf altijd bij je – I am always with you. Querido. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2008

40x30 cm, 65 EUR
80x60 cm, 139 EUR
Once upon a time - canvas painting
From the book Ik blijf altijd bij je – I am always with you. Querido. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2008

40x40 cm, 79 EUR
60x60 cm, 109 EUR
90x90 cm, 169 EUR
We are musicians – canvas painting
From the book Ik blijf altijd bij je – I am always with you. Querido. © Copyright Marit Törnqvist 2008

40x40 cm, 79 EUR
60x60 cm, 109 EUR
90x90 cm, 169 EUR

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