17 March - 19 April, 2009
Lars Bohman Gallery
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Lars Bohman Gallery is proud to present Georg Gudni's seventh exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition consists of a series of new paintings and drawings.

Georg Gudni's paintings are characterised by simplicity in shape and colour. The palette is strongly reduced to a number of grey, blue, green and brown tones, painted in thin strokes on the canvas in a close to monotonous movement. With these layers Gudni creates his dreamlike images of the shimmering Icelandic landscape. Despite the paintings' abstraction, the unbroken horizontal lines convey a feeling for the unique nature.

Artists have always used the landscape as a motif and rendered it in different ways. Recently however, contemporary artists have mainly been inspired by other topics. While Gudni's Icelandic colleagues choose to get influenced by more abstract painters from USA and Europe, Gudni, on the other hand, follows his interest in exploring the special nature of Iceland. The effort to depict the meeting between heaven and earth, air and sea, light and dark has always distinguished his painting. In Gudni's landscapes there are references to both the emotional sceneries of the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich as well as to the light in William Turner's paintings.

In this new suite of paintings the flow of light appear even clearer which evokes the sense of witnessing the twilight over the vast landscape. The light shifts and changes the world's appearance. Clouds shape the landscape and rain and fog veil it.

Georg Gudni was born in Reykjavik in 1961. He studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in Reykjavik (1980-1985) and thereafter at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands (1985-87). Georg Gudni has had several solo exhibitions, for example Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles (with Viggo Mortensen), Listasafn, Island (National Gallery of Iceland), Nordiska Akvarellmuseet i Skärhamn, Sweden, Listasafn Reykjavik (Reykjavik Art Museum), Skaftfell, Seydisfjördur, Iceland (with Peter Frie), Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway, Galleri Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland and also at Track 16 Gallery (with Viggo Mortensen). He also participated in many groupshows, among others Espace Gustave Fayet, Sérignan, France, Carnegie Art Award for Nordic Painting (1999 och 2002), Confronting Nature, Icelandic Art of the 20th Century, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA.

Georg Gudni is represented at, among others, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland, Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway and Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden.

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