Exhibition Opening − Ingólfur Arnarsson: Ground Level

Exhibition Opening − Ingólfur Arnarsson: Ground Level

Saturday, 3 November at 16h00

New works by Ingólfur Arnarsson will be presented in Gallery A in Hafnarhús. Arna Schram, Director of Culture and Tourism for the City of Reykjavík, will open the exhibition.

Arnarsson has been influential on the Icelandic art scene ever since he graduated from his art studies in the Netherlands early in the eighties. Drawings have always been an important part of his work, Arnarsson’s drawings are characterised by delicate lines, precision and time. He has also painted on concrete, where heavy, industrially produced units create the base for his dainty colour tones. The exhibition Ground Level in Hafnarhús’s A-Hall holds new works, precisely executed for the hall space.

Arnarsson’s work is never isolated from its surroundings, but always a part of a well-planned installation and the exhibition space. Arnarsson has exhibited his work both in Iceland and abroad, for example in solo exhibitions in Kjarvalsstaðir in 1996 and the respected arts centre Chinati Foundation in USA in 1992.

Ingólfur Arnarsson (b. 1956) graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1979 and studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands between 1979 and 1981.

From the beginning of his career, Arnarsson has been actively involved in organising exhibitions of Icelandic and foreign artists, in Iceland and abroad. He was also one of the founding members of Gallery Suðurgata 7, which was an experimental exhibition hall in Reykjavík in the late eighties, and participated in the activities at Önnur hæð, a gallery run in Reykjavík in the middle of the nineties. As well as developing his own art, Arnarsson has taught art, he was the head of the multi-media department of the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1983-1993, and a professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2000-2007.

Artist Talk will be held on Sunday, 11 November at 15h00.

Curator is Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director of Reykjavík Art Museum.