Klara Gunnlaugsdottir is a self-taught artist and since 2009 has been working as a indipendent artist based in France. She has held several personal exhibitions and taken part in many collective exhibitions both in France and Iceland and now for the first time is exhibiting in London at Brick Lane Gallery. Klara’s work is abstract style, her paintings powerful and with strong contrasts, where light and dark colors compete.
Mighty brushstrokes and innovative painting technique, is respectively inspired by nature and emotion and she manage to create harmonious combination of colours and forms. The artist prefers to paint inside but she spends much of her time outdoors where she soaks up shapes, colors and the play of light.
The Brick Lane Gallery | 216 Brick Lane | London
The paintings by Klara, an Icelandic artist, are special. I have followed her work for some time and her creative potential is very interesting in its innovation as well as her way of treating her work. Through her painting one can sense all the mystery of her Iceland which she expresses with great sensitivity. The power of fire and water is perceived in it as a complaint, as a cry and it is beautiful. She is an artist of the future and her works must emerge rapidly in order to reach beyond her own frontiers.
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Klara’s paintings are made of different “materials”, for example modelling paste, sand and/or stones mixed with acrylic and ink, and lures us into the atmosphere of her native Iceland, mixing together snow and fire, the light from the sky and the blackness of the lava fields. Her universe is, mostly, at the frontier of the abstract and of the figurative. An astonishing harmony exudes from her works, a distinct calm and serenity… a bit like when looking out to the sea from the shores of Belle-Ile or when one finds oneself lost in the wild endlessness in Iceland.
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