Jorge Eielson | the artist
The artist Jorge Eielson
Pseudonym: Jorge Eduardo Eielson
Born Apr 13 1924, Lima, Peru.
Died March 8 2006, , .
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A quipu is an Andean counting or mnemonic device in which knotted strings record and carry data. Jorge Eielson’s series of Quipu paintings brings this ancient tradition firmly into the contemporary world…
Jorge Eduardo Eielson è nato il 13 aprile 1924 a Lima (Perù), da madre peruviana e padre nordamericano di origine norvegese. Fin da piccolo dimostra di essere eccezionalmente dotato per la scrittura, la musica e la pittura…
Jorge Eielson is most recognized for his use of the quipus, a knot imbued with cosmic symbolism and used as an ancient Incan counting system. Born in Peru to a Peruvian mother and Swedish father Eielson’s work matured in Italy where he spent the bulk of his adult life. Fashioning his quipus from fabric that was once a shirt or rope or burlap, Eielson twists and stretches his material over the flat surface of the canvas, creating a physical object where both tension and serenity coexist…
<p>Jorge Eduardo Eielson was born in Lima Peru in 1924. His mother was Peruvian, from the capital city, and his father was of Scandinavian origin (the grandfather had arrived in Peru at the end of the preceding century and remained there until his death). His fathers premature death, when Jorge was just seven years old, left him with a liberal upbringing. <br />
Jorge, raised by his mother, sister, and a brother, who like their father died prematurely, demonstrated even as a small child striking artistic tendencies. For the artist these tendencies were innate and manifested themselves in various ways: playing the piano (the family loved music), drawing copiously, reciting excerpts of his favorite authors, or inventing objects with anything he could find. In various interviews Eielson expressed a connection between his composite cultural origins (my four cultures-he says- Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Nazca-an ancient pre-Hispanic civilization) and his varying creative interests, as well as his scientific, philosophic, and religious curiosities…</p>