Print of a painting by Reykjavík artist Þrándur Þórarinsson. The painting is of a scene in Reykjavík from the 1918 eruption of Katla which was huge and the ash plumes were visible from Reykajvík even though Katla is more than 100 kilometers away. Below is a interview with the artist who remains somewhat an mysterious figure who embraces the painting style of the old masters!
Excerpt from interview we did 2018:
Other than a smudge of white paint from where he’s been thoughtfully tugging his earlobe, you’d never guess that the humble Þrándur is one of Iceland’s most in-demand contemporary painters. His works—whether serene Reykjavík street scenes, poised neoclassical tableaus, or reworked situations from Iceland’s Sagas, history, mythology and contemporary life—are often sold before he’s even finished them.
Excerpt from interview we did 2014:
He’s young—only 36—but creates his work using the same methods that artists employed hundreds of years ago. His techniques are like those of the Old Masters (even though it’s impossible to say for certain exactly what methods they employed). He paints in oil with turpentine and rabbit skin glue on canvas, old-school style, and uses a steady build-up of layers to craft his images. It takes him anywhere from a few weeks to several months to finish a painting, waiting for each layer he sets down to dry before he starts on the next. His palette is subdued and rich, naturalistic though the subject matter is sometimes fantastic, and always calls upon some facet of Icelandic history or culture.
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