1703 Lawrence Street, N.E. Washington DC 20018.
En Español (under construction)
The Torruella Quander Gallery is a fine arts gallery dedicated to the promotion of national and international art. Since its founding in 1984, the Gallery’s mission has been to provide quality and original art works, many collected from among the creations of mid-level, well established and emerging artists from around the world.
Beyond its commitment to the promotion of national and international contemporary artists, the Gallery likewise caters to the taste of both seasoned and emerging collectors, offering its clients an opportunity to acquire some of the most carefully selected art and artifacts available in the contemporary
A key focus has always been to make the art affordable and easily accessible, best achieved by bringing the art works into the local environment. An outstanding painter in her own right, many of the best art pieces are the original creations of Carmen Torruella Quander, resident artist, who has visited several foreign lands, been inspired by the original venue, and then returned to her studio, where she created a beautiful rendition of what she observed abroad.
Our aim is to always make your visit to our Gallery a pleasurable one. Beside the painted works of the resident artist and paintings collected from abroad, the Gallery offers unique jewelry pieces and artifacts. Whether you are a corporate client or an avid individual collector, we hope that you find something to your liking, and that you enjoy your visit to our Gallery as much as we enjoyed discovering and collecting the many wonderful creations that we now offer for your consideration.
Any questions you may have will be promptly addressed. Thank you!
Carmen Torruella Quander
Carmen is a native Washingtonian, born of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents. Bilingual and bicultural, she was educated in local parochial elementary and secondary schools. Carmen vividly remembers working on “pictures” from the age of four. In school she was always the kid who could draw, and the one who consistently included expressive drawings to supplement her written reports.
Knowing she would have to earn a living, she opted to major in commercial art, which required her to focus upon perfecting her drawing skills. It was in her first figure class that the instructor informed her that she was going to be a fine artist. Carmen has never looked back. Her ability to capture a likeness and her love of realism bring a calm but passionate response to ordinary subjects. Her extensive and continuous academic training includes: the Corcoran School of Art, Pratt Institute, New York University. the Art Students’ League, plus post graduate study at Catholic University in Washington D.C., and numerous workshops and seminars.
An instructor of fine art for the past 20 years Carmen demonstrates watercolor methods throughout the Washington, D.C. area; often travels abroad for artistic inspiration and source material, including trips to Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Far East. Her artistic works hang in many private, corporate, and public collections throughout the western world. She continues to participate in exhibitions and competitions, and has received numerous recognitions and awards. In addition to being a representational artist, Carmen is a curator and an educator.
Carmen’s skill lies in her ability to own her subjects. First, she sketches then takes numerous photographs. From this moment she starts mentally painting, wasting no time in deciding what it is that she sees. From the outset, she calculates for the purposes of translating what she sees to the paper or the canvas. As a result, what she sees and likes is immediate, intuitive, and generally readily accepted. She achieves her best effect when she feels a connection to her subjects, a bond she often finds in portraits incorporating children and serene landscapes. Pretense does not exist in her work. She often says, “painting what I see gives me a certain freedom of self expression without apology.”
In addressing her art students, Carmen has been known to explain to them at the outset, that for anyone to claim that representationalism may be deemed the zenith of self expression in the post-post modern context that we live in, is risky in an art world which has latched itself to the idea of abstraction (both in art and in thought) as a means to achieving a closer relationship to individuality and reality.