Yellow, Green, Violet…

Elfa Björk Jónsdóttir

Saturday October 15th at 3 p.m., Elfa Björk Jónsdóttir, who was named artist of the festival Art Without Borders this year, will open her solo exhibition, Yellow, Green, Violet…, in Hafnarborg’s lower gallery, in connection with the festival.

Exhibited will be new and recent works by Elfa Björk Jónsdóttir – paintings, drawings and ceramics. The artist’s imagery is largely based on an interplay of formalist and figurative visual language, as she uses bright, clear colours to bring the viewer on a journey through new worlds. Seeking inspiration in nature, one can recognise various beings and motives in her works, many of which do not even belong to the flora and fauna of Iceland.

Elfa Björk often finds her subjects in nature books or by drawing from art history, bringing them into her own unique visual realm. Looking at some of the works, it is almost as if we fly straight into the image, seeing it from a bird’s-eye view. We soar through fields of colour, surrounded by patterns and different colour combinations that delight the senses.

Elfa Björk Jónsdóttir lives and works in Sólheimar, Grímsnes, where she spends her days making art. She attended art classes from a young age, studying painting, drawing and glass art. At Sólheimar, she has enjoyed the tutelage of Ólafur Már Guðmundsson, art teacher and director of the Sólheimar art workshop. Previously, Elfa Björk’s works have been exhibited in Ásmundarsalur, Gallerí Grótta, the LÁ Art Museum, as well as in the Czech Republic.