You are invited to the opening of Elínborg Ostermann Jóhannesdóttir's new exhibition, Á nýjum slóðum (New Horizons), at Gallerí Fold on Saturday, April the 8th at 3 pm.
The exhibition features new abstract paintings that Elínborg has worked on in the past year, which is a departure from her usual work with landscape pieces made with watercolours. Here Elínborg explores new horizons with expressionist abstract pictures.
Elínborg likes to travel and her travels provide inspiration for new work. She's very fond of Icelandic nature and the colours that are to be found there, and the influence of both can be seen in her work. Elínborg has painted and drawn both with oil and acrylic paint, but she is especially drawn to the charm of watercolours, the mystery that accompanies them as colours collide with almost no hope of changing or correcting them, as they are set in paper. Acrylic paint is quite different from water colours as the technique requires both a quick and steady hand.
In her abstract acrylic work Elínborg starts by working with colour and form. The beginning can be slow and hesitant, but at the same time she is open to an unexpected line, splash, planes or even to turn the whole thing around and to ponder the next move. She empties her mind and continues. "You have to dare to change and have the courage to allow mistakes to happen," says Elínborg. "The best workchpaters are when you can forget yourself in the art, when
a flow forms and things start to happen automatically. The best paintings are usually those, where there was the most conflict."
The exhibition will be open until April 29th.
(the exhibition will be online April 8)