Harpa Árnadóttir

Born in 1965 - Iceland

BIOGRAPHY

Harpa Árnadóttir is an Icelandic artist, born in Bíldudal in 1965. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik.
She obtained a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in literature and history at the University of Iceland, before turning towards art and studying at the University of Art and Crafts in Iceland, and in Konsthögskolan Valand, in Sweden.

Harpa Árnadóttir is known both for her “cracked paintings” and those rendered with water color on paper and canvas. Both involve experimental study and transparency of the surface. Her paintings are made up of water-dissolving pigment layers and the glue eventually gets cracked, thereby creating landscape-like structures on canvas. The foundation of her work, however, is often the relationship between painting and literature, more specifically the idea that painting can be considered as visual poetry.

The works of Harpa Árnadóttir are part of the permanent collections of museums throughout Europe and were exhibited at the Biennial of Gothenburg, Momentum and the 6th Biennial of Nordic Contemporary Art. During the summer of 2011, Crymogea Reykjavik published a selection of texts and watercolors by the artist entitled "Juni" (June).
She was exhibited in 2004 at the Gothenburg Museum of Art Stenasalen (Sweden), the ASI Art Museum in 2006, not to mention the Reykjavík Museum of Art in 2008.

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EXHIBITIONS

EDUCATION

1994-1996 Valand, listaháskólinn í Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Valand School of Fine Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1989-1993 Myndlista– og handíðaskóli Íslands / The Icelandic School of Art and Crafts
1985-1990 Háskóli Íslands, BA í sagnfræði og bókmenntum / University of Iceland, BA in history and literature

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Staðir, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / Places, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík, Iceland
2013 Milt regn (gjörningur), Slippurinn, Reykajvík / Gentle rain (performance), Slippurinn, Reykjavík, Iceland
2013 Að mála ástina, Gamla Rif, Snæfellsnes / Painting love, Gamla Rif, Snæfellsnes, Iceland
2013 Önnur vika fyrir vestan, Vegamót, Bíldudalur / Another week in the Vestfjords, Vegamót, Bíldudalur, Iceland
2012 Studio Stafn, Reykjavík / Studio Stafn, Reykjavik, Iceland
2011 Mýrarljós, Listasafn ASÍ, Listahátíð í Reykjavík / Willow the Whisp, ASÍ Art Museum in association with the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland
2010 Remains of a Clear Day, Göteborgs Konstförening, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gothenburg, Sweden
2009 Nánd, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík / Nearness, Hallgrím’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland
2007 Vika fyrir vestan, Gamli barnaskólinn, Bíldudal, Arnarfirði / A Week in The Westfjords, The Old Grammar School, Bíldudalur, Arnarfjörður, Iceland
2007 Síðasta vorið, Anima Gallerí, Reykjavík / The Last Spring, Anima Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Öll þessi orð og hljóðnaðir sálmar, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / All Those Words And Silent Psalms, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Snerting, Skálholt / Touch, Skálholt, Iceland
2006 Að teikna jökulinn, Hótel Ólafsvík / Drawing the Glacier, Hotel Ólafsvík, Iceland
2004 Safn, Reykjavík / Safn, Reykjavik, Iceland
2004 Málverk, Listasafn Gautaborgar, Svíþjóð / Paintings, Göteborg Museum of Art, Sweden
2002 Kalendarium, Lilla galleriet Göteborgs Konstförening, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gothenburg, Sweden
2001 Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2000 Chase Erwin Design Center, Lundúnum, Bretlandi / London, UK
2000 Gallerí Pictura, Lund, Svíþjóð / Sweden
2000 Málverk, Gallery Slunkaríki, Ísafirði / Paintings, Gallery Slunkaríki, Ísafjörður, Iceland
2000 Teikningar, Gallerí Íslensk Grafík, Reykjavík / Drawings, The Icelandic Printmakers Association, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Now it is and Never More, Konstepidemin, Bergrummet, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gothenburg, Sweden
1997 Paintings, Gallerí Mors Mössa, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gothenburg, Sweden
1995 Gallerí Rotor, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð (ásamt Veikko Björk) / Gallery Rotor, Gothenburg, Sweden (together with Veikko Björk)
1995 Teikningar, Mokka Kaffi, Reykjavík / Drawings, Café Mokka, Reykjavik, Iceland
1995 Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Nýmálað II, Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík / Just Painted 2, Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík
2014 Sumarsýning, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / Summer Show, Hverfisgallerí , Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 Íslensk list í 120 ár / 120 years of Icelandic art, Icelandic Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013 ÓMYNNI, Haugar Vestfold Listasafn, Tonsberg, Noregi / AMNESIA, Haugar Vestfold Art Museum, Tonsberg, Norway
2013 Lendingarstaður lóunnar, Nesstofa, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
2013 Firðir, Bær, Skagafirði / Firðir, Bær, Skagafjörður, Iceland
2013 Augliti til auglitis, portrett í Listasafni Así, Reykjavík / Face to Face, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
2013 Undir berum himni (gjörningur), Bjargarstíg 6, Reykjavík Iceland
2013 24 Spaces – A Cacophony, The Living Art Museum at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
2012 Hreyfing tímans, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / The Power of Passage, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2012 ECWS Watercolor festival, Genúa, Ítalíu / Italy
2012 Firðir, Gamli barnaskólinn, Bíldudal, Arnarfirði / Fjords, The Old Grammar School, Bíldudalur, Arnarfjörður, Iceland
2011 Hraðari og hægari línur, úr safni Péturs Arasonar og Rögnu Róbertsdóttur, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Faster and Slower Lines, from the collection of Pétur Arason and Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2011 Fimmtíu góðæri, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Fifty Good Years, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2011 Imagine Being Here Now, 6. Momentum Tvíæringurinn, Moss, Noregi / Imagine Being Here Now, 6th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway
2010 Ný aðföng, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / New Acquisitions, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2010 Blæbrigði vatnsins, Listasafn Reykjavíkur – Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík / Watery Hues – A Survey of Icelandic Watercolors, Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
2009 Safn(arar), Hafnarborg, Hafnarfirði / Collect(ors), The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg), Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
2009 Minjar, Náttúrufræðistofu Kópavogs, Kópavogi / Relics, Kopavogur Natural History Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland
2008 Bókverk á Íslandi frá og án D.R., Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / A Bookwork Exhibition, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2008 Vatnsberi, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Water Carrier, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland
2008 Þögn,Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Silence, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2007 Mynd mín af Hallgrími, Hallgrímskirkja Saurbæ á Hvalfjarðarströnd / Mynd mín af Hallgrími, Hallgrím’s Church Saurbæ, Hvalfjarðarströnd, Iceland
2007 Ó – Náttúra, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / Alas – Nature!, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Bara Litur, Listasafn Gautaborgar, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Bara Färg (Only Color), Göteborg Art Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden 2006 Mynd mín af Hallgrími, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík / Mynd mín af Hallgrími, Hallgrím’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Málverkið eftir 1980, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / Painting After 1980, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 24H, Regional Museum, Savonlinna, Finnlandi / Finland
2005 Safnasafnið, Eyjafirði / The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, Eyjafjörður, Iceland
2005 Gullkistan, Laugarvatni / Gullkistan Residency for Creative People, Laugarvatn, Iceland
2003 Ferðafuða, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Reykjavík / Ferðafuða, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003 Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003 Between Soot and Snow, Trollhättans Konsthall, Trollhättan, Svíðjóð / Sweden
2002 Gyllene Tider, Röhsska Safnið, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gyllene Tider (Golden Times), The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
2002 Grace Nordic, Samling Saltarvet, Fiskebäckskil, Svíþjóð /Sweden
2002 Between Soot and Snow, Kungsbacka Konsthall, Kungsbacka, Svíþjóð / Between Soot and Snow, Kungsbacka Art Gallery, Kungsbacka, Sweden
2001 Gallerí 54, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gallery 54, Gothenburg, Sweden
2001 Camp Lejre, Lejre, Danmörku / Denmark
2001 Drawing Iceland, Galleri 54, Alþjóðlegi Tvíæring Gautaborgar, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Drawing Iceland, Gallery 54 in association with the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
2001 Between Soot and Snow, Evrópubandalagsþingið, Brussel, Belgíu / Between Soot and Snow, The European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
2000 Alþjóðleg kvikmyndahátíð í Pärnu, Eistlandi / Pärnu International Film and Video Festival, Pärnu, Estonia
2000 Cash Box, Gallerí Box, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Cash Box, Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden
2000 nordicliveart.org, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / nordicliveart.org, Gothenburg, Sweden
1999 Gallerí Paletten, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gallery Paletten, Gothenburg, Sweden
1998 stArt 98: konst på öppen gata, Stokkólmi, Svíþjóð / stArt 98: Art on the Streets, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 Time in Space, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / Time in Space, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Póstur í Svíþjóð, Gallerí Sub Bau Networks, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Mail in Sweden, Gallery Sub Bau Networks,Gothenburg, Sweden
1998 Sýning fyrir allt – Minningarsýning um Dieter Roth, Skaftfell, Seyðisfirði / Exhibition for Everything – Homage to Dieter Roth, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
1997 Gallerí Bäckalyckan, ásamt Berit Lindfeldt, Jönköping, Svíþjóð / Gallery Bäckalyckan, with Berit Lindfeldt, Jönköping, Sweden
1997 Listasafn Gautaborgar, Svíþjóð / Göteborg Museum of Art, Sweden
1996 Listahátíð Sollentuna, Stokkhólmi, Svíþjóð / Sollentuna Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
1996 Skulptur på Sofiero Slottspark, Helsingborg, Svíþjóð / Sculpture at Sofiero Slottspark, Helsingborg, Sweden
1995 Ungir Teiknarar, Þjóðlistasafn Svíþjóðar, Stokkhólmi, Svíþjóð / Unga Tecknare (Young Graphic Artists), Nationalmuseum Stockholm, Sweden
1995 Konsthallen, Listasafn Gautaborgar / Konsthallen Göteborg Museum of Art, Sweden
1995 Skulptur på Läckö Slott, Läckö, Lidköping, Svíþjóð / Sculpture at Läckö Slott, Läckö, Lidköping, Sweden
1995 Kuvataide Akademien Galleria, Helsinki, Finnlandi / Kuvataide Akademien Galleria, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Listasafn Gautaborgar, Svíþjóð / Göteborg Museum of Art, Sweden
1994 Smart Show, Stokkhólmi, Svíþjóð / Smart Show, Stockholm, Sweden
1994 Gallerí Fabriken, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð / Gallery Fabriken, Gothenburg, Sweden
1993 Gallerí Hlaðvarpinn, Reykjavík / Gallery Hlaðvarpinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
1993 Ólétt, Óháð listahátíð, Reykjavík / Ólétt, Reykjavik Art Fair, Reykjavik, Iceland

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Moderna Museet, Stokkhólmi, Svíþjóð / Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Swweden
Listasafn Gautaborgar, Svíþjóð / Göteborg Museum of Art, Sweden
Listasafn Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland
Iceland Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
Iceland Listasafn ASÍ / ASÍ Art Museum, Iceland
Safn, Iceland
Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum, Iceland
Listráð Svíþjóðar / The Swedish Arts Council, Sweden
Dungal Listasjóður / Dungal Art Fund, Iceland
Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach, Þýskalandi / Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach, Germany
Apoteksbolagets Konstförening, Svíþjóð / Apoteksbolagets Konstförening, Sweden
Jönköpings Län, Svíþjóð / Jönköpings Län, Sweden
Kungsbacka kommun, Svíþjóð / Kungsbacka kommun, Sweden
Eimskipafélag Íslands / The Icelandic Steamship Company, Iceland
Non Grata Pärnu, Eistlandi / Non Grata Pärnu, Estonia
Volvo ABF, Svíþjóð / Volvo ABF, Sweden
Hótel Hilton Reykjavík Nordica – Forsetasvítan, Reykjavík / Hilton Reykjavik Nordica- The Presidential Suite, Reykjavik, Iceland

STIPENDS AND COMMISIONS

Launasjóður myndlistarmanna (sex mánuða styrkur) / Visual Artists’ Salary Fund, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland (six month grant) 2011
Kynningarmiðstöð Íslenskrar Myndlistar / Icelandic Art Center Major Grant 2010 Ferða- og dvalarstyrkur Muggs / Muggur, Travel & Project Grant 2010
Ferðastyrkur Kulturkontakt Nord / Kulturkontakt Nord Mobility Grant 2010
Listasjóður Dungal / Dungal Art Fund 2006
Starfslaunasjóður listamanna, Listráð Svíþjóðar / The Swedish Art Grants Committee 2001 (tveggja ára styrkur / two year grant)
Starfslaunasjóður listamanna, Listráð Svíþjóðar / The Swedish Art Grants Committee 1997 (eins árs styrkur / one year grant)
Listráð Gautaborgar / Kulturnämnden Göteborg (Cultural Council for the City of Gothenburg) 2001
Listasjóður Clara Lachmans / Clara Lachmans Fund 2001
Akademiska Hus, Sollentunamässan, Svíþjóð / Akademiska Hus, Sollentunamässan, Sweden 1996
Längmanska Menningarstyrkur / Längmanska Culture Grant 1996
Þjóðlistasafn Svíþjóðar og Svenska Dagbladet / The National Gallery of Sweden and Svenska Dagbladet 1995
Theodor og Hanne Mannheimer Styrkurinn / Theodor and Hanne Mannheimer Fund 1995
Helge Axelsson Johnsson Styrkurinn / Helge Axelsson Johnsson Grant 1995
Otto og Charlotte Mannheimer Styrkurinn / Otto and Charlotte Mannheimer Fund 1995

AWARDS

2009 Col Art, Verðlaun Norræna Vatnslitafélagsins / Col Art The Nordic Watercolor Association Prize
2001 Tilnefning til Menningarverðlauna DV / DV Cultural award for Visual Art Nomination
1995 Fyrsta Sæti, Verðlaun Ungra Teiknara, Þjóðlistasafn Svíþjóðar í Stokkhólmi / First Place, Young Graphic Artist Award, Nationalmuseum, Sweden / The National Gallery Stockholm, Sweden

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