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Guðjón Ketilsson

Born in 1956 - Iceland

BIOGRAPHY

Guðjón Ketilsson studied Fine Art at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts from 1974 until 1978 and graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada in 1980. Guðjón lives and works in Reykjavík.

Ketilsson has had over thirty solo shows and has participated in a number of group exibitions throughout Europe, North America and Australia. His works can be found in museum collections in Iceland and abroad, as well as in private collections. He has participated in various international residencies and has been invited to contribute to several public art competitions. Ketilsson received the DV-Cultural Prize in 2000 and the Einar Jónsson Art Museum Award in 2001.

Guðjón Ketilsson works mainly with drawing and sculpture. His work examines the human condition by way of its primary vehicle, the body. Ketilsson explorers time, memory and history by isolating, examining and experimenting with not only our corporeal dimensions, temperature and movement, but also our shoes, clothing and hairdos.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
Ný verk, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / New works, Hverfisgalleri, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012
Varða, Gallerí Skilti, Reykjavík / Varða, Gallery Sign, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012
Melankólía, Skúrinn, Reykjavík / Melancholia, The Shed, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012
Extensions of the Head, Luise Ross Gallery, NY, USA
2011
Samræmi, Hafnarborg (ásamt Hildi Bjarnadóttur) / Coherence, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg), Iceland (together with Hildur Bjarnadóttir)
2011
Crymogea bókaútgáfa, sýning í tilefni af útkomu bókar, Reykjavík / Crymogea Publication, show in association with a book launch, Reykjavik, Iceland
2010
Imprints, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, USA (ásamt Guðrúnu Kristjánsdóttur) / Imprints, Luise Ross Gallery, NY, USA (together with Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir)
2009
Hlutverk, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Roles, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2009
Et Cetera, Et Cetera, Safnasafnið, Svalbarðsströnd / Et Cetera, Et Cetera, The Icelandic Folk Art Museum, Svalbarðsströnd, Iceland
2009
Fyrirgefðustyttur, Artótek, Borgarbókasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík / Pardon Statues, Artothec, The City Library of Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005
Á Seyði, Angró húsið, Seyðisfirði (ásamt Birtu Guðjónsdóttur) / Á Seyði, Angro, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland (together with Birta Guðjónsdóttir)
2004
Verkfæri, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Tools, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003
Ský, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík / Cloud, Hallgrím’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland
2000
Brot, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Fragment, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1999
Pakkhúsið, Hornafirði / Pakkhúsið (The Warehouse), Hornafjörður, Iceland
1997
Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1997
Landsbankinn, Reykjavík / The National Bank of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
1996
Gallery Slunkaríki, Ísafirði / Iceland
1996
Norræna húsið, Reykjavík / The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
1994
Gerðuberg, Reykjavík / Gerðuberg Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Iceland
1993
Gallerí Sólon Íslandus, Reykjavík / Solon Islandus Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
1991
Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1991
Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
1990
Gallerí Sævars Karls, Reykjavík / Gallery Sævar Karl, Reykjavik, Iceland
1987
FÍM-salurinn, Reykjavík / FÍM Art Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
1986
Mokka Kaffi, Reykjavík / Café Mokka, Reykjavik, Iceland
1986
Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1983
Gangurinn, Reykjavík / The Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland
1982
Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1981
Gallerí Rauða Húsið, Akureyri / The Red House Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland
1979
Egilsbúð, Neskaupstað / Egilsbúð, Neskaupstaður, Iceland


GROUP

2014
Sumarsýning, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / Summer Show, Hverfisgallerí , Reykjavik, Iceland
2014
ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place, Katonah Museum of Art, Nwe York, USA
2013
Undir berum himni, útisýning í Reykjavík / Under the open sky, Reykjavik Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013
Gersemar, Listasafn Íslands / Treasures, The National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013
Merry Melancholy, Nordic Art Station 2013, Eskilstuna, Svíþjóð / Sweden
2012
Nautn og notagildi, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerði / Nautn og notagildi, LÁ Art Museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland
2012
Bentoni Laboratoriet, Samsø, Danmörku / Denmark
2012
Frá Íslandi, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, USA / From Iceland, Luise Ross Gallery, NY, USA
2011
Innsýn, Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri / Insight, The Factory, Hjalteyri, Iceland
2011
Sjónarmið – Á mótum myndlistar og heimspeki, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík / Perspectives – On the Borders of Art and Philosophy, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2010
Beijing tvíæringurinn 2010 (BIAB), Beijing, Kína / 2010 Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB), Beijing, China
2010
Into the Tussock – Samtímalist frá Íslandi, Listasafnið í North Dakota, ND, USA / Into the Tussock – Contemporary Art From Iceland, The North Dakota Museum of Art, ND, USA
2010
I Vesterveg, Farandsýning í Björgvin, Noregi; Þórshöfn, Færeyjum; Kaupmannahöfn, Danmörku; Leirvík, Hjaltlandseyjum; Reykjavík / I Vesterveg, Toured to Bergen, Norway; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Copenhagen, Denmark; Lerwick, Shetland; Reykjavik, Iceland
2009
Lífróður; Hafnarborg, Hafnarfirði / In Deep Water, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg), Iceland
2009
Safnarar, Hafnarborg, Hafnarfirði / Collectors, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art Hafnarborg), Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
2009
Dalir og hólar, Ólafsdal Gilsfirði, Sævangi Steingrímsfirði / Valleys and Hills, art exhibition project in West Iceland
2008
Picasso á Íslandi, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerði / Picasso in Iceland, The Arnesinga Art Museum, Hveragerði, Iceland
2008
Vatnsberi, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík / Water Carrier, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2008
Þrívíður, Listasafn Reykjanesbæjar, Listahátíð í Reykjavík, Reykjanesbæ / Wanwood, Reykjanes Art Museum in association with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjanesbær, Iceland
2007
Kulturremisen Brande (Alþjóðleg myndsmiðja), Brande, Danmörk / Kulturremisen Brande (International Workshop), Brande, Denmark
2006
Gallerí samsýning, Gallerí Turpentine, Reykjavík / Gallery Show, Gallery Turpentine, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006
Málverkið eftir 1980, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / Painting after 1980, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006
Sense in Place, Site-ations International, Zaragoza, Spáni / Spain
2005
Magn er gæði, Myndhöggvarafélagið í Reykjavík, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / Quantity equals Quality, The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005
K2005, Roda Steen, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Sweden
2003
NKS Dalsåsen, Norræna húsið, Reykjavík / NKS Dalsåsen, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003
MHR 30, Afmælissýning Myndhöggvarafélagsins í Reykjavík, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík / MHR 30, Reykjavik Association of Sculptors Anniversary Show, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003
Ferðafuða, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Ferðafuða, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2001 2
001-Dalsåsen, Norræna myndlistamiðstöðin, Dalsåsen, Noregi / 2001; Dalsåsen, The Nordic Art Center, Dalsåsen, Norway
2001
Sculpture by the Sea, útisýning, Tasmanía og Sydney, Ástralíu / Sculpture by the Sea, outdoor exhibition, Tasmania and Sydney, Australia
2000 S
trandlengjan, útisýning Myndhöggvarafélagsins í Reykjavík, Reykjavík (Norðurströnd) / The Coastline, Outdoor exhibition of The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors, Reykjavik, Iceland
2000
Teglt í tré, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerði / Teglt í tré, The Arnesinga Art Museum, Hveragerði, Iceland
1999
Aldamót, Gallerí Sævars Karls, Reykjavík / Millenium, Saevar Karl Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998
Nýlistasafnið 20 ára, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum 20th Anniversary Show, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1997
Myndhöggvarafélagið í Reykjavík 25 ára, Myndhöggvarafélagið í Reykjavík, Nýlendugötu 14, Reykjavík / 25TH Anniversary of the Reykjavik Association of Sculptors, MHR Headquarters, Reykjavik, Iceland
1997
Kristnitaka, útisýning Myndhöggvarafélagsins í Reykjavík í Skálholti / Christianization, outdoor exhibition of The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors, Skálholt, Iceland
1997
Norræn List, Listamiðstöðin Brænderigården, Viborg, Dannmörku / Nordic Art, Art Center Brænderigården, Viborg, Denmark
1997
Dendron, Patmos Skúlptúrgarðurinn, Telemark, Noregi / Dendron, Patmos Sculpture Park, Telemark, Norway
1995
Allersmaaborg Gallerí, Groningen, Hollandi / Allersmaaborg Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands
1995
17 ár, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / 17 Years, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1994
Skúlptúr, skúlptúr, skúlptúr, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Listahátíð í Reykjavík, Reykjavík / Sculpture, Sculpture, Sculpture, Reykjavik Art Museum in association with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
1993
Gallerí Port, Hafnarfirði (ásamt Þórdísi Öldu Sigurðardóttur) / Port Gallery, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland (together with Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir)
1993
Afmælissýning Myndhöggvarafélagsins í Reykjavík, Hveragerði / The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors Anniversary Show, Hveragerði, Iceland
1991
Myndhöggvarafélagið í Reykjavík, Korpúlfsstöðum, samsýning félagsmanna, Reykjavík / The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors, Korpulfsstaðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
1989
Nordisk Tecknings Trienal, Skellefteå, Svíþjóð / Sweden
1984
14 listamenn, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / 14 Artists, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
1984
Icelandic Artists in Palazzo, Kulturhaus Palazzo, Liestal, Sviss / Switzerland
1983
Gullströndin andar, JL-húsið, Reykjavík / Gullströndin andar, The JL House, Reykjavik, Iceland
1980
Experimental Environment, Korpúlfsstöðum, Reykjavík / Experimental Environment, Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
1980
Myndhöggvarafélagið, Listahátíð í Reykjavík, Korpúlfsstöðum, Reykjavík / The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors in association with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
1980
Listasafn ASÍ (ásamt Guðrúnu Hrönn Ragnarsdóttur) / ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (together with Guðrún Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir)
1980
Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Kanada / Canada


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Listasafn Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland, Iceland
Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
Safn / Safn, Iceland
Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum, Iceland
Telemark Kommune / Telemark County, Norway
The Arkensas Art Center Foundation, USA
Norræna húsið / The Nordic House, Iceland
Skattstofa Suðurlands / South District Tax Office, Iceland
Heilbrigðisstofnun Siglufjarðar / Siglufjord Healthcare Centre, Iceland
Síminn hf. / Siminn, Iceland Telecommunication Inc.


INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

Kunsten i bevægelse,Danmörk / Art in movement, Denmark
Norræna Listamiðstöðin, Dalsåsen, Noregi / Nordic Arts Center, Dalsåsen, Norway
Norræna Listamiðstöðin, Sveaborg, Finnlandi / Nordic Arts Center, Sveaborg, Helsinki, Finland
Skandinavisk Forenings Kunstnerkollegium, Róm, Ítalíu / Circolo Scandinavo, Roma, Italy
Hald Hovedgård, Danmörk / Nordic Arts Center, Hald Hovedgård, Denmark
Kulturremisen Brande, Danmörk / International Workshop, Brande, Denmark
Concrete-Laboratory / International Workshop on the Island of Samsoe, Denmark


AWARDS

2004
Viðurkenning frá Gerðubergi vegna sýningar á myndlýsingum / “The Children’s Choice” Award for Book Illustration from Gerðuberg Cultural Centre
2001
Bókasafnssjóður höfunda / The Award of the Library Fund of Authors
2000
Menningarverðlaun DV / DV Cultural award for Visual Art
1998
Listasafn Einars Jónssonar, Í tilefni af 75 ára afmæli safnsins / Award on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Einar Jónsson Museum

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