As a painter he often deals with masculine issues, for instance, work that incorporates macho and military imagery. He has traveled extensively to warzones for inspiration, the most notable of which being Uganda where he had first-hand experiences with the Civil War against the Lord's Resistance Army.
Since 1999 he has taught life-drawing at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, being an essential component of introduction into the academy life along with his colleague and former classmate Udo Dziersk. Tölke also came to attention for giving private life-drawing classes to ex-pornstar Dolly Buster.
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