Toller's art - as did his skating, pushes the perimeters. Come with me to the Mexican home of sktaing artist and painter Toller Cranston, and walk through his creative painting process. You may wish to go to the bottom of the blog first to turn off the playlist music system which is already playing.
How do you define his work? Or do you even bother? Certainly its fanciful, imaginative and full of all the swirls and leaps of colour that charactertised his craft of skating.
I feel a sense of Norval Morriseau's presence when I look at Toller's work but yet there is so much more. The women in his paintings are expansive and imaginative and they suggest the presence of Russian babushka stacking dolls. And they fill the arena surface of his canvas while his colour charges our visual senses to their limits.
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