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 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 shortly by the big colorists, Matisse and Bonnard. Later influences included Braque, Picasso, Andre Derain, Milton Avery, The Fauvists and the Abstract Expressionists – artists who pioneered the emotional and spiritual power of color.
She is thrilled to be settled in Taos and surrounded by a wealth of varied landscape, subjects of her art.