Marit Törnqvist

Marit Törnqvist

 

Netherlands

 

Marit Törnqvist was born in Sweden but moved to the Netherlands as a child and later studied illustration at the Rietveld Acadamie in Amsterdam. Just after completing her studies she had the opportunity to work as an illustrator with the writer Astrid Lindgren and has since designed the three dimensional “journey” through Astrid Lindgren’s work at the Junibacken children’s cultural centre in Stockholm. Marit Törnqvist uses a variety of materials and blend of techniques, though her favourite is painting with acryl-gouache, ink and ecoline. Her best-known books include: Klein verhaal over liefde (A short love story, 1995), which won the Zilveren Griffel award, Wat niemand had verwacht (What nobody had expected, 2009) and Fabians Feest (Fabian’s party, 2014). She has also done illustrations for other Dutch authors including Toon Tellegen, Pikkuhenki (2006), for which she won a Gouden Penseel award, and Jeff Aerts, Groter dan een droom (Bigger than a dream, 2013). Marit Törnqvist was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014.