Georg Guðni Hauksson
Georg Guðni Hauksson (1961–2011) was one of the most important Icelandic painters on the contemporary art scene. From 1980 onwards the unspoilt natural scenery of Iceland provided his constant inspiration. In his passionate landscapes there are references to the work of the Romantic artists Caspar David Friedrich and William Turner. Georg Guðni was most famous for his large oil paintings but his lesser well-known watercolours form just as important a part of his artistic creation. He captures the barren but glitteringly beautiful Icelandic landscape. At times his focus is on the outline of the hills, but generally it is the unbroken line of the horizon that matters the most. These dreamlike expanses are the meeting places for earth and sky, sea and air. Rain and mist veil the world, constantly shifting in the varying light. A monumental silence rests over all.