Hulda Stefánsdóttir (b. 1972) studied in Iceland and New York. She has described the process behind her abstract paintings of subtly nuanced colours as a search for a timeless essence that also establishes a clear sense of what could only belong to the here and the now. The works often demand careful examination of the viewer, as the seemingly neutral surfaces slowly reveal surprising details, brushstrokes and thin washes of colour, that draw delicate shapes and provide textures and depth. Images are repeated, dissolved and reduced to ambiguity that stresses the instability of our perception. Hulda considers the place of exhibition as an integrative structure for the work and through careful examinations of its architecture and lighting she creates arrangements where paintings of different hues, sizes, and dimensions combine in a delicate but effective whole.
Hulda was a professor of fine art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts from 2008 – 2016. She was the director of the MA programme in fine art since its foundation in 2012 – 2016.