Arthur Ragnarsson received his art education in Reykjavik where he graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts 1982. After some years at sea, first as a fisherman in the Icelandic waters and later as a sailor on cargo ships around the world he emigrated and joined music groups on tour in Europe as a bass player.
The 90's sub culture and independent performing groups, art performance, music and theater captured Arthur’s full attention. He worked with installation art, sculpture, stage design and lighting design for various theaters in Sweden and Denmark.
The Gothenburg art studio was established in 2000. The art of Arthur Ragnarsson expresses a spiritual and physical power that generates full attraction in the field of drawing. In the context of contemporary art practice the act of performance is the main output of his work. The line work interplay draws the viewer toward a near-bodily experience.
In-between the lines we approach the life environment of the north. The vulnerability and conditions between extremes, the relationship of the forces of nature, the land and the narrative culture of Icelandic folklore passed on by generations in order to understand, grant meaning and ask more questions.
It is the drawings Arthur approach the content outside the image area, something that is universal, charitable. He glimts to inner and outer spaces where wayward figures, landscapes and situations occure. As a traveler he draws the very map he simultaneously is guided by.
The Reykjavik studio: Hólmvad 2, 111 Reykjavik Iceland
The Gothemburg studio: Spetsbergsgatan 6, 41466 Gothenburg Sweden
1977-1981. Iceland Academy of the Arts (Myndlista og Handídaskóli Íslands)
2016 Galerie Plan.d, Düsseldorf Germany
2015 Varbergs Konsthall Sweden
2014 Galerie Plan.d, Düsseldorf Germany
2013 Ringhals Nuclear Powerplant Sweden
2012 Tofta konstgalleri Varberg Sweden
2012 Galerie Plan.d, Düsseldorf Germany
2008 Galerie Plan.d, Düsseldorf Germany
2006 Sönderjyllandshallen, Aabenraa Denmark
2006 Nikolaus Vehldingsplads, Aabenraa, Denmark
2004 Wågermanska Konsthallen, Skärhamn, Sweden
2003 Galleri KC Göteborg Sweden
2002 Galleri KC Göteborg Sweden
2000 Galleri Hängmattan Göteborg Sweden
2000 Galleri KC Göteborg Sweden
1999 Konsthallen Göteborg, Sverige
1998 Konstsymposium Borlänge Sweden
1998 Viktoriaskolan Göteborg Sweden
1996 Galleri KC Göteborg Sweden
1994 Københavnaren, København Denmark
1993 Grabbeplatz, Kiel Germany
1991 Kungstorget 5, Göteborg Sweden
1989 Galleri List Reykjavik Iceland
Sweden: Region Halland. Västra Götalands regionen. Tjörns kommun. Chalmers tekniska högskola. Pharmacia AB. Denmark: Aabenraa kommune. Iceland: Búnadarbanki Íslands. Landsbanki Íslands. Icelandair. Verslunarhúsid Reykjavík. Siglingamálastofnun ríkisins.
Scholarships and residencies
2016 Västra Götalandsregionen Sweden.
2006 Aabenraa Komune Danmark.
2004 Göteborgs kommun Sweden.
2002 Göteborgs stad Sweden
1998 Borlänge kommun Sweden
1995 Konstnärsnämnden Sweden
1993 Göteborgs stad Sweden
Artistic projects and experiments
1989 - 1996 Inner rooms, sculpture and objects as the set design. Fusion between art and theater. Experiments and investigations into the room's design from a free artistic platform. Collaboration with Atelier Theatre in Gothenburg in projects.
1997 - 2013 figures as a medium and carrier of human qualities. Shadow Figures-light figures in the slide show, characters and figures. 2 - and 3dimensionella objects and figures in motion. Collaborative projects with theater Sesame Gothenburg.
1999-2006 Drawing and painting at Art College, Folkuniversitetet Göteborg. Sweden
Art exhibition design
2006-2016 Design, construction and light design at Varbergs kommun, Hallands Artmuseum and Gothemburg Museum of Art. Sweden
1977-2016 Illustrations, drawings, photoretusch, layout and graphic design in the private and public sector in Sweden and Iceland.
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