B I O G R A P H Y
From 1989 worked as full time, professional sculptor. Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors competing at an international level and exhibiting regularly. My style has been described as modernist based formalism with minimalist or constructivist overtones with the second aspect the Japan factor. My Japan related work is influenced by the old Japanese wooden architecture and their traditions. I borrow well known Japanese functional forms, exhibit and perform where culture and customs are different. The concept, material and names of my sculptures are all equally important. My site specific sculptures are often large in scale, made for public or private spaces, with the use of variety of materials. They might reflect forms from nearby structures, architecture, material or history of a site like “Changes” Greenham Common. I have spent most of my professional life involved with public sculpture and after participating in the 2015 Nordic Exhibition SKULPTUR in London I realised after being questioned about “what resonance if any does the Nordic have for you culturally and or within the context of your practice”. My reply was “I find there isn´t much Nordic about my sculptures. I think they have an international appearance. Though the usage of colours or the lack of it in my work comes from when growing up in Iceland. We have the bright summer days and nights and the dark long winters, in addition the closeness to the constant vagaries of the weather. The surface of my sculptures have often to do with contrast, light and shadows rather than colour for the sake of colour.
1951 Born in Reykjavík, Iceland.
1971-1973 The Reykjavík Technical College. DRAFTSMAN
1973-1985 Worked as a draftsman for Structural Engineer´s at Fjarhitun hf. Reykjavík.
1985-1989 The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, Reykjavík. SCULPTURE
1989 Moves with her family to London
1989-2017 Professional sculptor working Internationally, using variety of materials.
1990-1992 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. MURAL DESIGN with focus on sculpture.
1992 Invited to exhibit her degree sculpture "Wheel of Progress" at the Design Museum in London.
1992 Exhibition of selected entries, Sir Norman Foster & Partners Gallery, Battersea, London.
1994-1995 University of East London. MA ART IN ARCHITECTURE
1997 A prestigious bursary by the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
1997 Nominated and and the 1st winner of The Wybo Haas Award for young British sculptors.
1998 1st prize winner, The International Greenham Common Sculpture Competition UK.
1999 MHR - Reykjavík Sculptors Society. Membership.
2000 One person one day exhibition at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London. Invited.
2000 Elected to the RBS as an Associate Member (Membership Bursary 1997)
2001-2003 Committee Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
2001 Nominated and approved by the RBS Fellowship to join their company (ARBS 2000)
2002 Installation and the unveiling of “Core” Indoor water sculpture. University College London.
The British Heart Foundation Laboratories, Rayne Institute, University Street, London.
2002 Installation unveiling of “Time” Indoor 3D Site Sp. Mural for Westwood High School for Girls London.
2003 - Resides from Iceland
2004 The Artist Award from Kopavogur city, Iceland.
2007 The permanent installation of Amigasamon, Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury. The home of "The
2008 Sculpture Network, Pöcking, Germany. Membership.
2008 SÍM The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavík, Iceland. Membership.
2009 Artist´s State Grant, Ministry of Culture, Iceland.
2009 MHR - Reykjavík Sculptors Society.
2010 Installation and the Unveiling of "Changes" the monumental Site Specific Sculpture for the Main
Entrance to Greenham Business Park, Greenham Common, Berkshire, England.
2011 One of 15 International Artists selected for Drawing Symposium UK 2011 "Technologies of Drawing"
sculpture network in cooperation with the University of Huddersfield.
2012 The International Exhibition “European Sculpture – methods, materials, poetry” at Edsvik Konsthall,
2012 Invited to Exhibit in the SÍM Gallery, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists Reykjavík Iceland.
2013 "Borrowed View" Gudrun´s first sculpture exhibited outdoors sin Iceland. UNDER THE OPEN SKY
Group Exhibition in downtown Reykjavík.
2013 A presentation about my art at DordtYart an art park in Dordrecht, Holland, selected. www.dordtyart.nl
2014 "Absent Core" her second sculpture exhibited outdoors in Iceland. Solo Exhibition in Hallargarðurinn the
heart of Reykjavík.
2015 Invited and selected to exhibit the sculpture Labyrinth in Prince´s Gardens South Kensington London in the RBS Nordic Exhibition
SKULPTUR 2015 in an open call, nearly 170 applications came from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. One of
17 selected artists, two from Iceland
2015 Publication of Skulptur. Edited by Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Published by Hatje Cantz ISBN 978-3-7757-4043-2 http://www.hatjecantz.de/skulptur--6549-1.html
2017 Selected to participate in the international exhibition Kunst 2017 in FATAMORGANA gallery in the
heart of Berlin´s Mitte. Exhibiting images from the “Mountain Series” 2014 – 2017
2018 The Icelandic Sculptors Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition 3rd June - 18th August. On the agenda of the Reykjavík Arts Festival