News

Icelandic Outsider Art Series

Written by admin
0 votedvote

On 4th November 2010, Iceland Post introduced a new series entitled 'Icelandic Outsider Art'.

The story of Icelandic art is relatively short, but it is surprisingly diverse. Not long ago a new side to that story was brought to light, namely the art of self-taught individuals, so-called naive or outsider artists. In Iceland this art manifests itself as an extension of a strong vernacular narrative tradition. This kind of art can neither be taught nor learned, and it does not coalesce into a tradition in the ordinary sense. The oldest of these Icelandic naive artists is Solvi Helgason (1820-1895), a vagabond, who paid farmers for board and lodging with colourful "portraits" of his hosts. Isleifur Konradsson (1889-1972) began to paint pictures of great charm featuring the landscapes of his youth. Karl Dunganon (1897-1972) turned his life experiences into pictures with dream-like or terrifying imagery. Sigurlaug Jonasdottir (1913-2004) began to paint narrative pictures of life in the west coast islands, where she hails from.

Add tag

You should contact administrator to place your tags

About the author

admin

Leave a Comment

error: Alert: Content is protected!