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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson

Born: 1986

Hometown: Reykjavík

Based in: Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Steingrímur Gauti lives and works in Reykjavík Iceland. He studied Fine Arts at the Iceland University of Arts and in Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. He is known for his large, sparse, abstract expanses on canvas, with some childlike drawings and scribbles of sentences. “I’m not really that interested in the relationship of colour or form or anything like that,” Steingrímur says about his work. “I’m more interested in expressing some basic forms of human emotions.”

“I used to think that I didn’t need to find inspiration and that it was just something to look for if you needed to design or illustrate something. But inspiration always finds you, even when you are not looking. I have been a Zen-student for a few years now, which has influenced my work quite a bit. Simplicity and lightness, form and emptiness have become the focus of my practice, and the clear mind makes it very easy for random observations and thoughts to find their way into my work. I try not to take my work too seriously, because if I try too hard I don’t get anywhere. Just create something, preferably from a place of total stillness.

“The act of painting for me is a way of thinking. I don’t really think and paint, but the mind follows the hand and the act turns into a conversation with the painting which includes the automatic thought of what the next move will be and so on. So I guess in a way, my work is just about time and being, the mundane and what falls in between. The notes you cannot play and some the feelings you can’t put into words. What I would like to see in my paintings when they are ready, is not really something intellectual, but more physical and dynamic, without giving anything away. Something that pulls you in.”

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

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US$ 4,700

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

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US$ 1,800

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

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US$ 2,650

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

Mixed Media

US$ 5,600

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Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

Mixed Media

US$ 4,700

Untitled

Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson, Iceland

Mixed Media

US$ 5,600

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About Steingrímur Gauti Ingólfsson


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What inspires you?

Work and continuity. I usually work my way into the painting with my hands and most ideas come from just being at the studio.


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Describe your creative process.

I don't really look for inspiration for my work. I try to approach it from the other end and try to manipulate the material in a way that best relates the way I feel. My paintings are usually full of layers of scribbles and colors and forms that are in a way sketches until they are finished.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Intuitive, random, simple


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

The American Abstract-Expressionists were my biggest influence when I was starting out. Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Cy Twombly to name a few. Danish artist Per Kirkeby has been a big influence as well, but as for contemporaries I really like Irish artist David Quinn and Swedish artist Andreas Eriksson.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

If you make alot, there is a better chance you will make something good.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

My studio.

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