Sigurjón Ólafsson

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Sigurjón Ólafsson (* 1908 in Eyrarbakki ; † 1982 ) was an Icelandic sculptor .


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.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Sigurjón Ólafsson
  2. ^ Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum