Inger Jirby Gallery
207 Ledoux St
Taos, NM 87571
Inger Jirby's life has been as rich, dramatic and exotic as her art. She was born in the far north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle in Lapland, a place of blazing color in the fall. Her earliest memories are bathed in a bright palette, the same colors that characterize her passion-filled fauvist paintings. She began painting as a young girl and never stopped. Her first hero was Van Gogh, followed by the big colorists, Matisse and Bonnard. Later influences included Picasso, Braque, Andre Derain, Milton Avery, The Fauves and the Abstract Expressionist artists who pioneered the emotional and spiritual power of color.
After a short stay at Konstfack in Stockholm, she moved to the Greek island of Mykonos where she studied privately with Luis Orozco. Though still in her early 20s, she began to support herself as an artist. Two years later she relocated to Paris, studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts painting for Leguelt and drawing for Monsieur Hilaire. She had her first solo show in a well known gallery La Palette Blue at Rue de Seine.
From Paris she went to Venice where she lived for two years, painted and exhibited at Bevil Aqua La Masa. Inger was inducted as an honorary Venetian.
Inger went back to Greece, where she met her husband Garrett Thornburg. Her travels then took her to Jamaica in the West Indies, and finally she settled in New York for ten years with her husband. Inger's gypsy life began to slow down when she discovered northern New Mexico, first Santa Fe and now Taos.
She has committed herself to the small, beautiful town which is so rich in artistic and cultural traditions, a perfect environment for her life and art. In Taos, Inger has established the Inger Jirby Gallery on Historic Ledoux Street, in the center of Taos. The Gallery is, as she says, "The biggest adventure of my life." To meet the vast demand for her work, she continues to have museum shows and gallery exhibitions around the world. She is thrilled to be settled in Taos, being able to work right on her doorstep, and to be surrounded by the incredible landscape subjects for her art.
Her quest for color is unquenchable. In search of new subjects, she takes painting trips all over the world - Bali, Mexico, St. Barths, Italy, and countries where the people are passionate about color. In the course of her travels, Inger does far more than paint. With a restless intelligence and great curiosity, she immerses herself in the life and history of the countries she visits, pursuing interests in the local arts, architecture, archeology and languages.