Tore Juell is born in Kragerø, Norway, 1942.

Tore’s father was a clothier, and a successful one. He was an artistic man, but never considered that “art” could be a career. Selling clothes was a better way to make money. However, his son the young Tore, began lying on the floor and drawing from 5 years of age. This continued all the way through school. His only interest was art and he was lucky that some of his teachers allowed him time to pursue this during school hours. He spent many hours drawing his teachers, rather than studying what they were trying to instil into him. Talent not withstanding, there were still parental objections. “My father wanted me to be anything but a painter!”