Sigurður Ámundason: Landscape with Human
graduated from the Visual Arts Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2012. Sigurður has held 13 solo exhibitions; in Kling & Bang, Kunstschlager, Open, Ekkisens and Úthverfa, to name a few. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, for example at Kjarvalsstaðir, Hverfisgallerí, Harbinger, Salts in Basel, Switzerland and CHART Emerging in Copenhagen. He has taught at the Reyjavík School of Visual Arts and at the Visual Arts Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He has also shown countless performances. In 2020, he was nominated for the Motivational Award of the Icelandic Visual Arts Awards. Sigurður lives and works in Reykjavík.
“I work mostly with drawing and performances, but I enjoy using various art mediums. In my drawings I mainly use wood colour and ballpoint pen on paper, the paper often being on the larger side and up to two and a half meters wide. With my art, I try to deal with the limitations of human communication and the anguish that results from unresolved feelings, misunderstandings and vanity. I often use high-pitched imagery to represent the human ailments of daily life. Although the subject matter may be epic and magnificent, it often represents something small and personal. By blending humour and sadness, darkness and light, beauty and horror, the romantic past and the distorted present, I want to reflect on this existence, which can be complex and ambiguous. “