Jakob Veigar Sigurðsson: May Your Hand Not Hurt
2 September–22 December
Jakob Veigar (born 1975 in Hveragerði, Iceland) currently lives and works in Vienna. His u-turn into the art world happened quite late in life, after a whole life and career as a civil engineer.
Jakob graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Icelandic University of the Arts in 2016, and continued to become „Herr Magister“ at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2019.
Painting is Jakob’s main medium, inspired mainly by personal experience, an alcoholic mind that tries to understand the society he lives in, and his deep connection to nature.
Jakob has used his journeys to culturally diverse places such as India and Iran to expand the horizon of his work, and to deepen both his understanding and his connection to countries very different from his own.
Despite a rather short career in the art world, Jakob’s works can be found in private collections all over the world. His paintings have been exhibited in Iceland, around Europe, and in China.
“May Your Hand Not Hurt” is the story of a passage from Iceland to Iran; of an artist who chased love, between continents, in times of a global pandemic. An odyssey into one of the world’s oldest civilizations, where he found pieces of himself in landscapes vastly different from his own. Of a love lost on the way, all while collecting stories and works from artisanal and nomadic communities all over Iran. From dirty rags all the way to priceless textiles and embroidery, Jakob Veigar uses these materials to create an entirely new world of his own.