Kristjan Eldjarn. Piter 13
Expressive and emotional paintings by Iceland artist Kristjan Eldjarn
Although my education is industrial engineering I have for many years been experimenting the art of painting. I have been so lucky to have some of Iceland's best artists as instructors and leaders and my goal is to get better and better as long as I can.
In essence there are only two ways about making a painting, lay-out a magazine or to do a city planning. One is the constructive way by using rulers and mathematical proportions even sacred, divine proportions. The other way is emotional. It is about trusting the eye. It is about letting go and follow the heart. I f you can't play by heart you cannot play at all. This is good to have in mind when observing the world in K. Eldjárn's paintings. His paintings are expressive and emotional. I can easily imagine myself flying with him. With the eye of the eagle circling around, high above man made landscape of a city plan when looking at his work. The past of the artist is in the background. He is trained as an industrial engineer. You feel it behind the free floating strokes of his brush who wanted to break free and DID IT! He uses imagination which engineers are not really allowed to use. This is what creativity is about and too many people deny themselves to do. Creativity dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see and starts to shape new reality.
G. Oddur, head Professor
Iceland Art University