Iceland Reykjavik & Akureyri

Iceland Reykjavik & Akureyri

Travelled recently to Iceland Reykjavik & Akureyri and managed to get a couple of quick sketches completed.


Reykjavik is the capital and Akureyri a major town on the northern coast.

Vibrant culture and really moving on with its identification of such.

The art galleries of these two cities are quite stunning. The art reflecting Icelandic artists’ independent thought and approach from their European and American neighbours.

The Akureyri Art Museum is near the centre of the town and boast a wonderful permanent collection as well as an exciting programme of contemporary art.

The Listasafn Islands National Gallery of Art in Reykajavic  is well worth a detour from the usual tourist routes centring on the shopping streets and harbour.

This is the some of the work of Hjordis Frimann (1954 – ) in Akureyri Art Museum

And this is some of the work of Magnus Helgason (1977 – ) in Akureyri Art Museum

At the Listasafn Islands National Gallery of Art in Reykajavik we were treated to this work of Hulda Hakon









































Icelandic Art is embryonic and unique. A most refreshing change from the usual treadmill of American and European art.


Art-Tales is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett.

Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Art-Tales is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little.

Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general.

Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their experiences in galleries. Fully illustrated with 400 sketches and drawings of major art works and their artists, the book takes the reader on a journey through topics to perhaps consider to enrich the viewing experience.

To many, the art world is daunting, to others it holds little interest. A gentle submersion at a depth to suit the individual can produce rich and rewarding results.

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