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Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Born in 1969 - Iceland

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1969, Hildur Bjarnadottir is an Icelandic artist, she graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn specializing in textiles. She exercises the career of professor at the Iceland Academy of Art and at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art, where she is the director of the textiles department. She continued doing researches on the subject "The role of textiles in the field of painting" for this project she worked in collaboration with the Bergen Academy of Art.

The artist addresses mostly two main subjects; the nature of textiles and of painting. Her main purpose is to highlight the materials used to create the composotion, their color and their texture. Hildur Bjarnadottir uses embroidery to create her pieces and installations. In order to achieve the desired result, an important previous work is necessary, that is where the artist shows her talents as a draftswoman, painter and watercolorist.

Her work is recognized internationally nowadays and her pieces are displayed in numerous private and public collections, including at the Bomuldsfabriken in Norway, at the Reykjanes Art Museum, at the Nordic House of Iceland, the Scandinavia House of New York and at the Vestyllands Kunstmuseums in Denmark.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO (selected)

2014 Kunstnerforbundet, Osló, Noregi / Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway
2014 Kortlagning lands, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / Mapping a Piece of Land, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2013 Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík / Hallgrím’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland
2011 Samræmi, Hafnarborg, (ásamt Guðjóni Ketilssyni) / Coherence, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Hafnarborg), Iceland (together with Guðjón Ketilsson)
2008 Encircling, Pollock Gallery, TX, USA
2007 Inclusion, Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Inclusion, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2007 Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið, Blönduósi / Textile Museum, Blönduós, Iceland
2006 Surrogate, Safn, Reykjavík / Surrogate, Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Background, Gallery i8, Reykjavík / Iceland
2006 Overlap, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, OR, USA
2005 Unraveled, Listasafnið í Boise, Boise, ID, USA / Unraveled, The Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, USA
2004 Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavík / Work(s), ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003 Stretching Canvas, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
2002 Lassoing, Gangurinn, Reykjavík / Lassoing, The Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland
2001 Gallery Hlemmur, Reykjavík / Iceland
2000 Weavings and Things, Marylhurst Háskóli, The Art Gym, Portland, OR, USA / Weavings and Things, Marylhurst University, The Art Gym, Portland, OR, USA
1998 Sýnibox, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / Sýnibox, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Norsk Kunsthandverk, Norræna Myndlista- og handíðasafnið, Throndheim, Noregi / Norsk Kunsthandverk, The Nordic Museum of Arts and Crafts, Throndheim, Norway
1998 Visibility, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / Visibility, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland


GROUP (selected)

2014 Sumarsýning, Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík / Summer Show, Hverfisgallerí , Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 Þín samsetta sjón – Úrvalsverk úr safneigninni 1970-2010, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Your Compound View – Selection from the collection from 1970-2010, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2013 Rakete Rinzekete, Norræna húsið, Reykjavík / Rakete Rinnzekete, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013 Rakete Rinnzekete, Listasafn Vestur-Jótlands, Tirstrup, Danmörku / Rakete Rinnzekete, Vestylland Art Museum, Tirstrup, Denmark
2012 Carnegie Art Award Exhibition, Toured to The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Art, Stockholm, Sweden; Amors Andersen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Sophienholm, Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010 Efnaskipti, Listasafn Reykjanesbæjar, Reykjanesbæ / Metabolism, Reykjanes Art Museum, Reykjanesbær, Iceland
2010 Re-give, Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið, Blönduósi / Re-give, Textile Museum, Blönduós, Iceland
2009 Volcano Lovers, ISE Menningarhúsið, NY, USA / Volcano Lovers, ISE Cultural Foundation, NY, USA
2009 Þræddir Þræðir, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerði / Þræddir Þræðir, The Arnesinga Art Musesum, Hveragerði, Iceland
2009 Cheongju Handíðatvíæringurinn, Cheongju, Suður Kóreu / Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
2009 Dalir-hólar-handverk, Ólafsdal /Ólafsdalur, Iceland
2009 Minjar, Náttúrufræðistofu Kópavogs, Kópavogi / Relics, Kopavogur Natural History Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland
2008 Blurring the Line, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
2008 Unusual Twist, Listaskólinn í Spencertown, Spencertown, NY, USA / Unusual Twist, Spencertown Art Academy, Spencertown, NY, USA
2008 From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art, Norræna húsið, NY, USA / From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art, Scandinavia House, NY, USA
2008 The Seditious Stitch, Sun Valley Menningarmiðstöð, Sun Valley, ID, USA / The Seditious Stitch, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID, USA
2007 Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Hönnunarsafnið, NY, USA / Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, USA
2007 Þráður, Koroska Gallery, Slóvenía / Thread, Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenia
2006 Málverkið eftir 1980, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / Painting after 1980, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Sjónlistaverðlaunin, Listasafnið á Akureyri, Akureyri / The Icelandic Visual Arts Award Exhibition, The Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland
2006 New Embroidery – Not your Grandmothers Doily, Safn Samtímahandíðalistar, Portland, OR, USA / New Embroidery – Not your Grandmothers Doily, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, USA
2006 A Changing Fabric, Salina Listamiðstöð, Salina, KA, USA / A Changing Fabric, Salina Art Center, Salina, KA, USA
2006 Listakonur, Gallery i8, Reykjavík / Women Artists, Gallery i8, Reykjavik, Iceland
2006 Björk-Danni-Hildur, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík / Björk-Danni-Hildur, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 Volcana – Icelandic Panorama, Plug In Samtímalistagallerí, Winnipeg, Kanada /Volcana – Icelandic Panorama, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
2005 K-2005, Rhöda Sten, Gautaborg, Svíþjóð /Gothenburg, Sweden
2005 Affair, Jupiter Hótel, Portland, OR, USA / Affair, The Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR, USA
2004 Ný íslensk myndlist, um veruleikann, manninn og ímyndina, Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík / New Icelandic Art, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
2004 Happy Art for a Sad World, Spike Gallery, NY, USA / Happy Art for a Sad World, Spike Gallery, NY, USA
2003 Ulterior Motive, Marilhurst Háskóli, Portland, OR, USA / Ulterior Motive, Marilhurst University, Portland, OR, USA
2003 Pins and Needles, John Michael Kohler Listamiðstöð, Sheboygan, WI, USA / Pins and Needles, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA
2003 The Wild Wild North, CityScape Community Art Space, Vancouver, BC, Kanada / The Wild Wild North, CityScape Community Art Space, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 18 Konur, CCC Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR, USA / 18 Women, CCC Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR, USA
2001 Contemporary Skeins, Safn Samtímahandíðalistar, Portland, OR, USA / Contemporary Skeins, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, USA
2001 Oregon tvíæringurinn, Listasafnið í Portland, Portland, OR, USA / Oregon Biennial, The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA
2001 Domesticity, The Waiting Room, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2000 All those if´s…, Safnahúsið, Eigilsstöðum / All those if´s…, Safnahúsið, Egilsstaðir, Iceland
2000 The Inner and Outer World – The World Above and Below, Listasafn Reykjavíkur / The Inner and Outer World – The World Above and Below,The Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
2000 Nordic Design Writers, Röhsska Safnið, Gautaborg, Svíðjóð / Nordic Design Writers, The RöhsskaMuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden
2000 Flotsam und Jetsam – Strandgut, C-line Project, Kulturforum Burgkloster, Þýskalandi / Germany
2000 Nonpulstra, F.M. Schwarz Gallery, Köln, Þýskalandi / Cologne, Germany
2000 Tweak, Mercer Union Gallery, Tórontó, Kanada / Toronto, Canada
2000 Un*Domesticated, Queens Theatre in The Park, Queens, NY, USA
2000 Inventing Iceland, Articule, Montreal, Kanada / Inventing Iceland, Articule, Montreal, Canada
1999 Hot Spot, Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Dusseldorf, Þýskalandi / Germany
1999 Kaldhæðni, Bomuldsfabriken, Kristianssand, Noregi / Ironi (Irony), Bomuldsfabriken, Kristianssand, Norway
1999 Kynstrin Öll, Reykjavíkur Akademían, Reykjavík / Kynstrin Öll, The Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik Iceland
1999 Chronologies, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
1998 The A.I.M. Program Exhibition, Bronx Listasafnið, NY, USA / The A.I.M. Program Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, NY, USA


SELECED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Listasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
Listasafn Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland, Iceland
Listasjóður Pennans / Penninn Art Collection, Iceland
The Mint Museum NC, USA / The Mint Museum, NC, USA
Safn samtímahandverkslistar, OR, USA / Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR, USA
Safn Tatsumi Sato, Hiroshima, Japan / Tatsumi Sato Collection, Hiroshima, Japan
Listasafnið í Boise, ID, USA / Boise Art Museum, ID, USA
Safn Drieke Zirinsky, ID, USA / Drieke Zirinsky Collection, ID, USA
Listasafn Háskóla Íslands / The University Art Museum, Iceland
Landspítalinn / The National University Hospital, Iceland
Safn Francis Greenburger, NY, USA / Francis Greenburger Collection, NY, USA
Art Omi, NY, USA / Art Omi, NY, USA
Hönnunarsafn Íslands / Museum of Design and Applied Art, Iceland
Listasafn Sørlandets, Noregi / Sørlandets Art Museum, Norway


STIPENDS AND COMMISSIONS

Verkefnastyrkur Myndstefs / Myndstef, Project Grant 2011, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2002
Ferða- og dvalarstyrkur Muggs / Muggur, Travel & Project Grant 2009, 2008
Launasjóður myndlistarmanna / Visual Artists’ Salary Fund, The Icelandic Ministry of Culture 2010, 2009, 2007, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
Ferðastyrkur Kynningarmiðstöðvar Íslenskrar Myndlistar / Icelandic Art Center Mobility Grant 2005
Styrktarsjóður Svavars Guðnasonar og Ástu Eiríksdóttur / The Svavar Guðnason and Ásta Eiríksdóttir Art Award 2005
Verðlaun og Styrkur Listasjóðs Pennans / Penninn Art Foundation Award and Grant 2000


AWARDS

2011 Tilnefning til Carnegie Art Award, Svíþjóð / Carnegie Art Award Nomination, Sweden
2006 Sjónlistaverðlaunin / The Icelandic Visual Art Award, Iceland
2002 Tilnefning til Menningarverðlauna DV / DV Cultural Award for Visual Art Nomination, Iceland
2001 Verðlaun Betty Bowen (sérstök viðurkenning), Listasafnið í Seattle, WA, USA / The Betty Bowen Memorial Award (Special Recognition), Seattle Art Museum, WA, USA
2001 Oregon Tvíæringurinn, Verðlaun Dómara / The Oregon Biennial,Juror Award, Portland, OR, USA
1999 Menningarverðlaun Norræna hússins í New York / The American Scandinavian Society of New York Cultural Grant Award

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