Gudrun Newman is one of the most successful contemporary artists to emerge out of Iceland in recent years. Gudrun started to draw figures and create art at a very young age. She studied with noted Icelandic artists Louisa Matthiasdottir and Hringur Johannesson. She was also influenced by many of Iceland's prominent visual artists, including ERRO and Johannes S. Kjarval, and credits other European masters such as Wolf Kahn and Kandinsky as major forces in her artistic development. As an adult, Gudrun came to the United States and studied at the famed Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. It was during this academic period that Gudrun's work developed into the mature style of painting for which she is known today. Gudrun's paintings embody a unique blend of iconography that combines the tradition and culture of Iceland with the open, light-filled palette of South Florida. Her paintings have an ethereal sensibility grounded with a rich and vibrant human quality that seems to communicate a powerful force to the viewer, inviting us seductively into their landscape.
In recent years, Gudrun spends her time traveling between her studios in Iceland and Florida, mastering her techniques, and experimenting with new mediums and subject matter. Many of Gudrun's paintings are created in either pastel or acrylic, but she has also worked in oil, collage, photography, and sculpture. .
"I am only the instrument holding the brush and applying the paint, everything else happens on its own." .
Her paintings are found in numerous private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally. .
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The Resort at Longboat Key, Longboat Key, Florida.
Heildverzlunin Aggva, EHF, Iceland.
Group IV, International, Paris.
Smith Barney and Associates, Chicago.