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Icelandic artist of the week, Ólafur Elíasson,

Olafur Eliasson
 (born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate ModernLondon.


Icelandic artist of the week, Alfreð Flóki:

Alfred Flóki’s status in Icelandic art history is unique. He sought inspiration in the methods of symbolism and surrealism, in the teachings of mystics and poets, and never hesitated to shock his fellow man with daring and aggressive subject matter that sprung from those dark sources.


Icelandic artist of the week: Louisa Matthíasdóttir

Louisa Matthíasdóttir
 (February 20, 1917–February 26, 2000) was an Icelandic-American painter.

Matthíasdóttir was born in Reykjavík. She showed artistic ability at an early age, and studied first in Denmark and then under Marcel Gromaire in Paris. Her early paintings, dating from the late 1930s, established her as a leading figure in the Icelandic avant-garde community (many of whom met together in a house in Reykjavík called Unuhús). In these paintings, subjects are painted with a broad brush, emphasizing geometric form. These paintings already show much of the character of Matthíasdóttir’s mature work, but are more subdued in color.

Her move to New York in 1942 was followed by a period of study under Hans Hofmann, along with other painters including Robert De Niro, Sr. (father of the actor) and Jane Freilicher. In 1944 she married painter Leland Bell, and until Bell’s death in 1991 they enjoyed a partnership of mutual support. Matthíasdóttir’s first solo exhibition took place at Jane Street Gallery in New York in 1948, and while her work of the 1950s saw her introducing elements of expressionism, from the 1960s until the end of her life she developed and refined the idiom of forthright color, uncluttered composition and brisk execution for which she is best known.


Icelandic artist of the week, Eggert Pétursson!

Petursson´s (b. 1956) sole subject is the Icelandic flora. Conceptual rather than decorative, his unique paintings of the minute tundra flowers of Iceland’s seemingly barren landscape reveal, with dizzying effect, the universe within. Abstract at a distance, at close inspection his canvases are hyper-realistic—an infinite regression of painstaking brush detail creating each petal, stem, and leaf.