Hreinn Friðfinnsson

1943 · Iceland

Artist biography

Hreinn Friðfinnsson is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in Iceland, like other well-known artists such as Nicolai, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Páll Haukur, Egill Sæbjörnsson, and Ragnar Kjartansson. Hreinn Friðfinnsson was born in 1943.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Hreinn Friðfinnsson's work, including galleries in countries like Iceland, Sweden, and Germany. Galleries exhibiting Hreinn Friðfinnsson's work include i8 Gallery in Iceland, Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm in Sweden, and Galerie Nordenhake | Berlin in Germany. Hreinn Friðfinnsson most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Nordenhake | Berlin in Germany (24 November 2017 until 13 January 2018) with the exhibition HULDUKLETTUR.

Further Biographical Context for Hreinn Friðfinnsson

Hreinn Friðfinnsson was born in 1943, grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Art turned into a vehicle for ideologies and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting stimulated by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were developing. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to explore further some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the expressive and highly personal aspect it would usually entail with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Hreinn Friðfinnsson

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