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Björk Bjarkadóttir gets Icelandic Illustration Awards

By Iceland Review

Author and illustrator Björk Bjarkadóttir received an award for her children’s book Amma fer í sumarfrí (Grandma Goes on Holiday) at the Icelandic Illustration Awards on November 25.

“It is always wonderful to hear that others like my work. My books are very personal; they come straight from the heart,” Bjarkadóttir tells “I tried to make Amma fer í sumarfrí light and funny with lively colors. I want people to pause at every picture and discover new details all the time.”

The Illustration Award’s review of Bjarkadóttir’s book praised the artist’s “inventive pictures that added something to the storyline instead of merely reflecting it.”

“There should be more focus on children’s books and illustrations,” Bjarkadóttir says. “Children’s books are important literature and a good children’s book equals quality time between children and parents.”

Bjarkadóttir published her first book in 1999. She has published a number of children’s books since and received several awards for her work.

Bjarkadóttir graduated from Ecole Superieure d’Art Graphique in Paris in 1997, with a degree in graphic design and illustration. She worked in Belgium before returning to Iceland. She now lives in Norway.

Saturday last week marked Iceland’s fifth annual Illustration Awards, organized by cultural center Gerduberg, the Association of Icelandic Publishers, Myndstef, an association protecting the interests of visual artists, and book store Penninn.

Judges were art historian Adalsteinn Ingólfsson, graphic designer Kalman le Sage de Fontenay and actress Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir.

Harpa Thórisdóttir (pictured) accepted the award on behalf of Björk Bjarkadóttir.

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