Abstract art inspired by a variety of themes including nature and dance. The first seven listed works are in a series entitled 'Móberg', where the inspiration comes from the violent interactions between ice and fire in Icelandic sub-glacial volcanic eruptions.

dated 2009 until 2013 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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The drummer

The drummer

2013

A painting in a somewhat cubist style suggesting the activity, sounds and light during a drumming session. I have used bright, maily primary colours and simple outlines.

Upheaval 1

Upheaval 1

2013

A series of three paintings in which the main inspiration is the earth and its geological activity. The pictures contain elements of a varied nature and at varying scales - from symbols representing rocks and minerals at the molecular level to features suggestive of large-scale tectonic movements and landforms. In some cases we see deep into the materials through several layers, some open, some half obscured. The paintings are intended to be confusing to some degree, especially in interpreting the various levels depicted and this conveys a sense of agitation in keeping with the dynamic and violent nature of the Earth.

Upheaval 2

Upheaval 2

2013

A series of three paintings in which the main inspiration is the earth and its geological activity. The pictures contain elements of a varied nature and at varying scales - from symbols representing rocks and minerals at the molecular level to features suggestive of large-scale tectonic movements and landforms. In some cases we see deep into the materials through several layers, some open, some half obscured. The paintings are intended to be confusing to some degree, especially in interpreting the various levels depicted and this conveys a sense of agitation in keeping with the dynamic and violent nature of the Earth.

Upheaval 3

Upheaval 3

2013

A series of three paintings in which the main inspiration is the earth and its geological activity. The pictures contain elements of a varied nature and at varying scales - from symbols representing rocks and minerals at the molecular level to features suggestive of large-scale tectonic movements and landforms. In some cases we see deep into the materials through several layers, some open, some half obscured. The paintings are intended to be confusing to some degree, especially in interpreting the various levels depicted and this conveys a sense of agitation in keeping with the dynamic and violent nature of the Earth.

Basalt and rhyolite

Basalt and rhyolite

2013

An abstract diptych work based mainly on the different colours and properties of two rock types known to geologists as basalt and rhyolite. They tend also to be found in different landforms which are also represented in the picture by networks superimposed on the underlying colours.

Behind the old cottage

Behind the old cottage

2012

Inspired by childhood memories of the home field and back yards of farm cottages in Ireland. The picture frame has been painted as part of the picture but I have deliberately blurred and confused the divisions between picture and frame and the picture frame and windows in the cottage and in this way I hope the division between indoors and outdoors is also less distinct.

Values

Values

2012

Values (painted under the influence of the Hólar cathedral site in northern Iceland) oil 150 X 120 cm
A picture on 4 panels inspired by the nature surrounding this ancient eclesiastical site as well as the buildings and their contents. It could be interpreted as an altarpiece although the main content is simply Icelandic nature.

Swedish sun-worshipers

Swedish sun-worshipers

2011

The painting emphasises the whaleback forms of glaciated rock surfaces in the Swedish coastal archipelago. The Swedish are ardent sun-worshipers in the summer months while the pink colours of the granite rocks produce many subtle tones in the northern light, blending with the forms of the human figures. The style is to some extent reminiscent of art deco, which I feel suits the subject.

The little mermaid goes to Shanghai

The little mermaid goes to Shanghai

2010

News that the famous Little mermaid of Copenhagen was to be lent for the Shanghai Expo exhibition in 2010 inspired me to try and express something in a painting.

Spring

Spring

2010

The painting builds on abstraction from the human figure and flowers, with the colours of Spring in Iceland which is often rather cold. A slight hint of green is a promise of what is ahead.

Undersea II

Undersea II

2010

Dreamlike painting

Emerging light

Emerging light

2009

In this work I am trying to convey the many expressions of light in the natural environment, in particular light falling on or travelling through undergrowth and water.

Undersea I

Undersea I

2010

This painting uses oil on paper as well as upraised patterns in glue. The paint was used in highly liquid form.

Summer

Summer

2010

Inspired by the colours of early summer.

November light

November light

2010

The picture is inspired by the sea and the low winter light in the west of Ireland. There is a suggestion of horizon but otherwise the idea is to have it as abstract as possible.

Windows

Windows

2010

Inspired by looking half asleep out of the window on a rainy winter evening. Confused reflections and refraction of the light in the half shadows.

Boy and goldfish

Boy and goldfish

2009

Boy and goldfish