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Harpa Árnadóttir

Iceland Born in: 1965
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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