Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson - Installation at EBK Gallery

Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson /   Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson

Iceland 1963



Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson
November 7, 2015
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Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson is an Icelandic visual artist who, inspired by the world around her, creates paintings on hand-dyed, woven silk thread.
Hildur Jónsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1963. Jónsson first studied architecture at Kent State University, but soon, she turned her focus to art, enrolling to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Upon her return to Kent State, she received her BFA in 1991 and MFA in 1995.

Hildur’s woven silk thread

Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson - Strata 7, Scroll 17, 5 and 8, 2013
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson – Strata 7, Scroll 17, 5 and 8, 2013

Jónsson’s main inspiration is her native Iceland. Even dough she lives in States, Hildur keeps visiting this magical island at least twice a year. During her stay, she photographs natural formations and landscapes that she later recreates in her Cleveland studio. The most interesting thing about this artist is the way she brings to life all of her inspirations. Although she works in a variety of media, warp painting, a combination of weaving and painting, is her favorite media to express her artistic ideas.

From the photograph taken at Iceland, Ásgeirsdóttir isolates shapes and traces, enlarging the images sometimes even up to 100 times! What she does next is a projection of these fragments onto a large piece of paper, she uses as a pattern to paint.

Icelandic landmarks

Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson - Strata 8, 2, 9 and Scroll 13, 2013
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson – Strata 8, 2, 9 and Scroll 13, 2013

Hildur presented numerous Icelandic landmarks, such as largest glacier Vatnajökull, or Hekla, a most active volcano on the island.
During her artistic career, Jónsson received many grants, commissions and awards like Cleveland Arts Prize in 2008, Ohio Arts Council Grants, or Individual Artist’s Fellowship in 2004.

The artist is represented by EBK Gallery.

Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson lives in Cleveland, Ohio for more than thirty years.

Featured image: Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson – Installation at EBK Gallery
All images courtesy of EBK Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen FrankenthlalerThe Rose Art Museum, curated by Katy Siegel, Brandeis University,Waltham, MassachusettsGroup
2015The Year of the Ram: Works by 22 ArtistsCarl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OhioGroup
2015Women to WatchOhio, Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2015H.A.J.EBK Gallery, Hartford, ConnecticutSolo
2014H.A.J.The Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Kjarvalsstaðir, IcelandSolo
2014H.A.J.William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioSolo
201425 Artists/25 YearsWilliam Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2013To be a LadySundaram Tagore GalleryGroup
2013UnhingedPierogi, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2013Summer Painting ShowWilliam Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2013H.A.J.The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New YorkSolo
2013Pocket UtopiaNew York, New YorkSolo
2013H.A.J.Thomas Robertello, Chicago, IllinoisSolo
2013H.A.J.21st Street Projects, New York, New YorkSolo
2012H.A.J.William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioSolo
2012Lyrical ColorPocket Utopia, New York, New YorkGroup
2010In Honor of Cleveland Arts PrizeCleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2010New Acquisitions, 2006 to 2010Reykjavik Art Museum, Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik, IcelandGroup
2009Kris Graves ProjectsNew York, New YorkGroup
2009Cleveland Arts Prize Winners CollaborativeCleveland, OhioGroup
2009H.A.J.Akureyri Arts Festival, Akureyri, IcelandSolo
2009H.A.J.More North Gallery, New York, New YorkSolo
2009H.A.J.William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioSolo
2008H.A.J.Turpentine Gallery, Reykjavík, IcelandSolo
2008Summer Painting ShowWilliam Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2007Pocket UtopiaBrooklyn, New YorkGroup
2007H.A.J.William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioSolo
2007H.A.J.Dali Gallery, Akureyri, IcelandSolo
2006H.A.J.Scope New York, Turpentine Gallery, New YorkSolo
2005Aqua Art MiamiShaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Miami, FloridaGroup
2005NEOCleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2005Turpentine GalleryReykjavík, IcelandGroup
2005H.A.J.Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OhioSolo
2005H.A.J.Latse, New York, New YorkSolo
2005H.A.J.Turpentine Gallery, Reykjavík, IcelandSolo
2004H.A.J.Heights Arts, Cleveland Heights, OhioSolo
2004Contemporary Art ExhibitionOrmeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern IrelandGroup
2004Rhyme, Reason, RepeatKent State University Art Gallery, Kent, OhioGroup
2004ConnectionsGallery 138, Kent, OhioGroup
2004H.A.J.Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, OhioSolo
2003H.A.J.superior (an exhibition space), Cleveland, OhioSolo
2003Preliminary InventoriesZygote Press, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2002Circles, Cycles and StructuresKSU Gallery, Kent, OhioGroup
2002Cambridge Art Association National ShowCambridge, MassachusettsGroup
2002H.A.J.Gallerí Sævars Karls, Reykjavík, IcelandSolo
2001Circles, Cycles and StructuresFava Gallery, Oberlin, OhioGroup
2000MiniTextile International Contemporary Art ExhibitionBarcelona, SpainGroup
2000Fabricating MemoryWilliam Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioGroup
2000Uncommon ThreadsMuseum in the Community, Hurricane, West VirginiaGroup
2000Icelandic Arts FestivalCleveland Heights, OhioGroup
1999Contained SpacesCleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OhioGroup
1999Coming Into ViewThe Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OhioGroup
19981st MiniTextile International Contemporary Art ExhibitionBarcelona, SpainGroup
1998Body ImageFulton Street Gallery, Troy, New YorkGroup
1998Three Rivers Arts FestivalPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGroup
1998St. Johns University 4th Annual National Art ExhibitionNew York, N.Y.Group
1998Women in the Visual ArtsErector Square Gallery, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
1997The Museum of TextileEcomuseum of the Region FourmiesTrelon, FranceGroup
1997Hotel des Archeveques de Sens in ParisArt Library of the City of Paris, FranceGroup
1997H.A.J.William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioSolo
1997PerspectivesMassillon Museum, OhioGroup
1997Wayne Art Center Craft FormsWayne, PennsylvaniaGroup
1997Kent State University Alumni ExhibitionKSU Museum, Kent, OhioGroup
1996The 1st Linen BiennaleFiber Art Synergy, Linen Museum, Rouen, FranceGroup
1996Group ShowWilliam Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OhioGroup
1995Drawing in Ohio at the Turn of the CenturySchool of Art Akron University, Akron, OhioGroup
1995H.A.J.FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, OhioSolo
1994The 4th International Textile CompetitionKyoto, JapanGroup
1994Works on PaperJohn J. McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OhioGroup
1994H.A.J.Cleveland Independent Art Cleveland, OhioSolo