A series of abstract paintings inspired by flowers and plants and the molecular models and chemical processes involved in their growth.

dated 2010 until 2019 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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The stuff of buttercups

The stuff of buttercups

2018

The painting is inspired by the bright and joyful Icelandic buttercup (of which there are several species). It blooms throughout the spring and summer and often occurs in broad sweeping fields. The darker underlying and tangled parts of the picture are inspired by seedboxes, highly magnified individual seeds and even bacterial growths on roots. Thus the result is a semi-abstract painting where our field of vision is broadened and scale is ignored.  Interviews and discussion about my floral inspired paintings have appeared in the following publications: International Artist 101 Feb./March 2015, American Art Collector 113, March 2015, International Artist 117 Oct./Nov. 2017, Pratique des Artes, Special huile, Hors-Erie No. 46 2 Mai 2018.

Arctic root

Arctic root

2018

The painting is inspired by the small Arctic root plant which has a bright yellow to reddish bloom surrounded by thick cactus-like leaves. It often occurs on rocky oucrops and sometimes unexpectedly through the moss which covers recent lavas. The painting emphasises the circular nature of the plant but in one place the leaves transform to a large spiral form which represents molecular protin and which I imply contains the bloom just as do the leaves. Interviews and discussion about my floral inspired paintings have appeared in the following publications: International Artist 101 Feb./March 2015, American Art Collector 113, March 2015, International Artist 117 Oct./Nov. 2017, Pratique des Artes, Special huile, Hors-Erie No. 46 2 Mai 2018.

Along the path

Along the path

2018

An abstract work inspired by the wild flowers along a path in Iceland

Hey - look!

Hey - look!

2018

Wild flowers in Iceland, or indeed anywhere, are seldom seen on their own. They are often surrounded or partly hidden by undergrowth, mosses and lichens. This often enhances their beauty when we come upon them unexpectedly. Petal - like features in yellow in this painting contrast with reds, blues and greens of molecular - like features in the surroundings.

Peekaboo

Peekaboo

2018

In this abstract work we look through a network of plant-like tissue features, into a deeper area of small plants and a larger yellow bloom. Hence the peekaboo title.

The view within

The view within

2018

The main focus in this painting is the large greenish area of leaves, stems, proteins, collagen chains and molecules which represent the undergrowth between the two dandelion-like flowers which have been pushed out to the edge of the work. The blooms are thus secondary to the rest of the painting and we are forced to think about the internal nature of flowers, while the floral environment is also represented in an abstract way..

What the flowers see

What the flowers see

2018

The basic idea is that this is how you see the view if you are a flower. However, the painting is really abstract and contains many elements which are only visible at microscopic level. Features like protein spirals mingle with real petals to produce an abstract whole which mirrors the bursting of life in an Icelandic spring meadow. The yellows predominate in the breezey air.

Anatomy 1

Anatomy 1

2017

One of a series of paintings (Anatomy) which concentrate on the internal composition of flowers, right down to the molecular level. I also often concentrate on a particular feature or aspect such as the colour and even exaggerate it. In some pictures we see the protein spirals twisting throughout the visible features such as petals.

Anatomy 2

Anatomy 2

2017

One of a series of paintings (Anatomy) which concentrate on the internal composition of flowers, right down to the molecular level. I also often concentrate on a particular feature or aspect such as the colour and even exaggerate it. In some pictures we see the protein spirals twisting throughout the visible features such as petals.

Anatomy 3

Anatomy 3

2017

One of a series of paintings (Anatomy) which concentrate on the internal composition of flowers, right down to the molecular level. I also often concentrate on a particular feature or aspect such as the colour and even exaggerate it. In some pictures we see the protein spirals twisting throughout the visible features such as petals.

Birth of a flower

Birth of a flower

2017

The Icelandic environment of raw lavas and a cold climate has been a harsh one from the beginning, yet life has succeeded. In this painting we move from black and massive lava at the left, through the life spirals of DNA and protein, microscopic representations of primitive lichens and finally hardy mountain plants like ling to the bright red eyrarós (Chamerion latifolium) which takes us out of the frame towards an unknown future. The painting thus represents also the fight to survive in this environment which every Icelander understands so well. The painting incorporates the ideas and techniques used in my other floral work, but in an almost minimalist way.

Blue flowers

Blue flowers

2017

Wild flowers in Iceland tend to be of a predominant colour at different times of the summer and blues are typical of the later varieties. This painting is essentially built up in layers, but these intertwine in the final work and scale of the various elements is ignored. The painting consists of blooms and petals of several blue flowers which coalesce to form an abstract whole. This is transversed from bottom to top left by a path of molecules, protein spirals, molecules and stamens.

Bluegrass exotica

Bluegrass exotica

2017

The colours are strongly reminiscent of the Icelandic wild bluegrass which happens to be one of my favourite flowers. Although it is a rather small flower I have here ignored scale and include gigantic stigma and style, microscopic and molecular features as well as more recognisable petals and leaf outlines.

Garden party

Garden party

2017

The painting expresses the glad feeling of the long-awaited Spring in an Icelandic garden or summer meadow. The dominant colours are yellows and everything is humming and bursting with life. Apart from the fairly obvious blooms and petals the picture also contains elements such as DNA, protein and collagen chains, tissue and pollen grains. Although essentially built up in layers, these intertwine in the final work and scale is ignored. The explosive central focus of the painting is the whitish bloom at the lower right and is a mountain Aven, the Icelandic national flower . I started this painting with a magenta underpainting and have allowed parts of it to show through in the final work.

Swaithes

Swaithes

2017

The inspiration is the startlingly blue cornflower, which peeped out from behind a mass of yellow flowers. The form of the petals is very strong and fascinating. As in most of my flower-inspired work I have included many molecular features and ignore scale. Diptych painting.

The neglected flower bed

The neglected flower bed

2017

The painting is inspired by a neglected flower bed in the artist´s home. After a summer away on holiday he returned to a wild but beautiful scene with the evening light shing through the wild flower blooms and leaves. Nature had done what hours of gardening can not always achieve and it was as if she was showing us this. The painting is half abstract and shows both realistic features like petals along with microscopic features like protein spirals and molecules. Scale is ignored to produce an abstract whole with no true foreground or background.

In the meadow

In the meadow

2016

In the Icelandic spring yellow flowers predominate: buttercups, dandelions, marsh marigold, poppies and many more. My flower paintings are semi-abstract in that they include real plants but also what we can not see at microscopic level such as plant tissue and even representations in a theoretical sense such as protein models. I also largely ignore things like scale, perspective, foreground and background. As a result I feel that my paintings give us an extended vision and a feeling of chaos which is closer to nature than more realistic work can be. In the meadow attempts to create the feeling of walking, sitting or lying in an Icelandic spring meadow.
Note: the painting is a diptych.

Enkindling

Enkindling

2015

The flowers emerge from a background of proteins, atoms and other shapes.

Undergrowth

Undergrowth

2015

The atoms and proteins depicted in this work blend and transform to the berries and leaves of the low natural Icelandic undergrowth. The colours reflect the autumn and the daylight slowly but surely getting less and less in this northern land.

Kitsch DNA

Kitsch DNA

2015

One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.

Late summer

Late summer

2015

One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.

Secret garden

Secret garden

2015

Diptych painting.
One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.
The painting recently won first place in Art-competition. net´s juried competition.

Summer breeze

Summer breeze

2015

NOTE: This is a diptych work. At the height of the Icelandic summer the poppies  sway and shake in the strong breeze. The warm air is full of flying seeds and other fragments. My flowers are half imaginary, half real and although they incorporate real petals and stems, they also contain models for the microscopic or theoretical proteins, pollen and molecules and the scale is ignored. Thus I hope the viewer´s involvement and experience is widened. This painting is at present hanging in the Icelandic Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.
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Water avens entanglement I

Water avens entanglement I

2015

One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.  

Water avens entanglement II

Water avens entanglement II

2015

One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination.

Yellow flowers

Yellow flowers

2015

Triptych painting.
One of a series of mainly abstract paintings inspired by flowers. However my inspiration comes partly from my knowledge and experience as a scientist and the paintings include not only features seen from the surface such as stems and petals, but also elements visible only from a microscope or molecular model such as plant tissue and protein. Including these elements greatly extends our field of vision and senses and how we experience the beauty of the subject matter. I also like to obfuscate, jumbling and muddling items, and upsetting the expected order of things. There is no real foreground or background. To me, this seems to be more typical of the natural world and also leaves something to the viewer’s imagination. Note the painting is intended to be hung vertically i.e. height 300 cm, width 140 cm.

Anatomy of an orange lily

Anatomy of an orange lily

2014

This painting is one of a series called"Life of flowers" which includes pictures incorporating several different scales and different layers,from elements on the molecular scale up to realistic parts of flowers. These elements are intertwined, sometimes simply, sometimes in intricate and obfuscated ways, thus widening the viewer‘s experiences.
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Beginnings

Beginnings

2014

The painting suggests the first signs of life on newly formed land e.g. lava. The main elements suggested are silicate rocks and their molecules, lichens and mosses (including at the microscopic scale). The composition is inspired by the Icelandic environment with which I am most familiar.
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Inner fire

Inner fire

2014

This painting is one of a series called"Life of flowers" which includes pictures incorporating several different scales and different layers,from elements on the molecular scale up to realistic parts of flowers. These elements are intertwined, sometimes simply, sometimes in intricate and obfuscated ways, thus widening the viewer‘s experiences.
Back to "Life of flowers" menu. This picture features with others in an interview in American Art Collector March 2015.

Inner light

Inner light

2014

This painting is one of a series called"Life of flowers" which includes pictures incorporating several different scales and different layers,from elements on the molecular scale up to realistic parts of flowers. These elements are intertwined, sometimes simply, sometimes in intricate and obfuscated ways, thus widening the viewer‘s experiences.
Back to "Life of flowers" menu. The painting was 2nd prize winner in International Artist Magazine February/March 2015. See also interview in American Art Collector March 2015

Life of flowers

Life of flowers

2014

  This painting is one of a series called"Life of flowers" which includes pictures incorporating several different scales and different layers,from elements on the molecular scale up to realistic parts of flowers. These elements are intertwined, sometimes simply, sometimes in intricate and obfuscated ways, thus widening the viewer‘s experiences.
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This picture features in an interview in American Art Collector March 2015

Tiger lilies

Tiger lilies

2014

This painting is one of a series called"Life of flowers" which includes pictures incorporating several different scales and different layers,from elements on the molecular scale up to realistic parts of flowers. These elements are intertwined, sometimes simply, sometimes in intricate and obfuscated ways, thus widening the viewer‘s experiences.
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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.
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