Sigurjón grew up in Iceland. In 1928 he went to Denmark, entered the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1935. During this time he had a study visit to Rome . In 1945 Sigurjón returned to Iceland. He lived and worked in Laugarnes in Reykjavík and received numerous commissions. Gerður Helgadóttir was a student of Sigurjón.
Sigurjón was married to Birgitta Spur, who runs the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum in Reykjavík .
In 1934/5 Sigurjón worked on a 3 m by 4 m large relief ( Saltfiskstöflun ), which was dedicated to the Icelandic working class. In 1939 he created his first abstract sculpture, which was named Maður og kona ( Eng . "Man and Woman"). In the early 1940s Sigurjón was working on two stone sculptures for the market in the Danish city of Vejle .
After his return to Iceland, Sigurjón designed, among other things, a 90 m long relief at the Búrfell power station (1966-69), as well as eighteen works in the city of Reykjavík, including Öndvegissúlur ( Eng . " Throne Pillars ", 1971) in Höfði and Íslandsmerki (Eng. "Emblem Islands", 1972/73).
His work has been exhibited in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the United States.
Appreciation and awards
- In 1930 Sigurjón received the gold medal of the Royal Danish Academy of Art for his sculpture Verkamaður ( Eng . "Worker").
- In 1939 he was awarded the Eckersberg Prize for his work Móðir mín (Eng. "My mother").
- In Laugarnes , Reykjavík, there is a museum dedicated to the artist.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Icelandic sculptor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1908|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Eyrarbakki|
|DATE OF DEATH||1982|