Bar Tolmai (1985) took a true interest in drawing from an early age. The many paintings and art theory books, around which he grew up, ultimately incited him to build a 100 inch by 120 painter’s easel at the age of seventeen. Soon his work drew the attention, works were sold and he got several assignments. After High school his painting studio moved with him to Rotterdam as he went to study drums at the conservatory of Rotterdam. Music became his main occupation although still he kept developing his painting craft exploring new techniques and layering possibilities with paint rollers on hardboard canvasses.
In what can easily be described as a blossoming musical career, Bartho has been featured on several albums, including Electronic/Afro-pop artist Rina Mushonga’s “The Wild, The Wilderness” produced by Ben Howard – album Every kingdom. Most recently Bar Tolmai debuted with original compositions at the intersection of modern classical and folk music. With intricately woven sounds using instruments such as the nickelharpa, mandolin, singing saw, double bass, piano, bagpipe and percussion he enabled himself to an explore life questions through music and lyrics.
His passion for painting, music and performance is apparent not only in his continuous desire to develop his skills as an artist, but also in his eagerness to learn new things. After graduating from conservatory, Bar Tolmai went on to study Philosophy at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam.
Partially a New Yorker and Amsterdammer, Bar Tolmai finds new passion for his painting and searches for a way to support his musical work visually and vice versa.
Studio Mathijn den Duijf 2013
assignment for Maarten and Verena 2009
2 luik augustus 2007