Jón Axel Björnsson

The paintings of Jóns Axels Björnssonar tiptoe on the colourful boundaries between forms that present us with objects and those that capture a state of mind. They possess definitive idiosyncrasies like large monochrome blocks of colour break up the picture plane and float on its surface. Humanlike forms rear their heads, usually exiting or entering the picture near the edge of the frame. The visual world contained within the paintings is in complete harmony; swathes of colour, figures and objects create an explicit tension within the image and indicate that they contain a story.

Jón Axel Björnsson is born 1956 in Reykjavík. He studied at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in 1975 – 1979. Jón is a working artist and has shown his work in many exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. Jón Axel tought art at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and in The Icelandic Art Academy in 1985 – 1999 as well as in The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts in 1995 – 2000. He also worked as a stage designer in The City Theater of Reykjavík (Borgarleikhúsið) in 2002 – 2006. Jón Axel has also worked on various architectural projects.