Nature & Environment Oct 24, 2017

Art Inspired by Iceland

Guest post by Kayo Albert

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I’m an artist based in New York and my work primarily focuses on abstract paintings best characterized as fluid, translucent, layered, intuitive and often resembling landscapes. When I began to research the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world, I fell in love with Iceland immediately.

I finally traveled to Iceland in the summer of 2016. My journey exceeded all previous expectations I had. The vastness of Iceland’s landscapes highlighted with black sand, green moss, blue water, natural erosion and spectacular structures conveyed a sense of otherworldliness. Although there are plenty of breathtaking spots to visit, my personal favorites were Kringla and Grakolla in Iceland’s highlands and the colorfully layered mountains of Landmannalaugar.

Inspired by Iceland’s natural beauty, I immediately started working on “The Iceland Project” when I returned home. This project began with an exhibition of photographs from my trip, and then evolved as I drew the landscapes and eventually formed it into collages with my abstract paintings. Iceland’s untouched nature is extraordinary in itself with all its forms and incredible colors, but I wanted to add my own interpretation and a different perspective. I decided to draw few lines to create minimal, imaginary shapes within the landscapes. Now the work has progressed into collages that combine photograph and my contemporary abstract painting. You can see the process and results of the artwork below.

This project has been so different from my usual paintings. Iceland was like nothing I had ever seen and helped me expand my artistic palette. I encourage all artists, photographers, and travelers to make the trip to Iceland and see it for yourself.

You can see documentation and progress of The Iceland Project on Instagram.