Birgir Andrésson (1956–2007), one of Iceland’s most renowned artists, has an extensive exhibition history including representing Iceland at the 1995 Venice Biennale. While most Icelandic artists of international stature have actively sought distance from the enmeshments of a small society, Birgir began early in his career to tackle not distance but problems of nearness. He is particularly interested in exploring those rhetorical structures and material practices integral to Icelandic history and folklore. Flags, postage stamps, lettering, cabinetry, ancient rhyme schemes, and archeological drawings are among the forms explored in his work. Birgir studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and at the Jan van Eyck Academie.
Birgir Andrésson: Untitled, year unknown. Silkscreen and oil on masonite, 75 x 101 cm. Courtesy of the Estate of Birgir Andrésson & i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.