Raised in Bavaria, Germany surrounded with paintings and sculpture by my father Daniel Nagel and grandfather Hans Nagel, I was taken by their abstract modernist aesthetic. As an adult this influence led me to strive to develop my own minimal language through painting.
I utilize the ancient techniques of sumi-e brush strokes on paper. I work to generate light through ink transparency and opacity line density and space. Preparation involves a practice in which I bind my own brushes and adjust the saturation of inks with water. The painting process relies on a meditative state in which I coalesce with the brush, with the natural light of the studio and with the moment, letting each element speak for itself.
— Laszlo Thorsen-Nagel, Marfa, TX 2014
2013 - BFA Parsons The New School for Design, New York