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UK Artist Portrays “New Renaissance” in Iceland

Nikhil Nathan Kirsh, a portrait artist from London, is new to the Reykavík art scene bringing a perspective he hopes will be part of the New Renaissance in Iceland. His portraits include one of the Constitutional Council.


The Constitutional Council.

Today Kirsh opens an exhibition, entitled “UK Artist Still Claims a New Renaissance Is Coming to Iceland”, showcasing his entire collection, including pieces from his popular show in Gallerí Fold in August, at 5 pm at Austurstræti 3 in the city center.

He will also be giving away limited-edition prints to the first 22 guests that attend the opening. The prints are from his “Portraits of Concession” series, which were showcased in London in 2009.

His opening last August, entitled “TRANSGRESS – ramma fyrir ramma” brought hundreds of people to Gallerí Fold to see his objective impressions of Icelandic people he considered to be giving hope to the world.

For Kirsh “it is the duty of the artists in society to see beyond influences that seek to control the evolution of social consciousness, to subtly and accessibly point ahead a few steps with a perspective that provides inspiration and hope for this movement,” as the artist described in a press release.

Click here to read more about Kirsh’s work.

As for other new exhibitions in Reykjavík, photographs from the series of protests in Iceland in 2009, the so called “Pot and Pan” or “Kitchenware Revolution”, by Didda Hjartardóttir Leaman are currently on display at Artóket in Reykjavík City Library.

The photos were shot in the dark and have been considerably enlarged. Color, light and movement are said to create some kind of a rhythm, which is what the artist was after in her documentation of the events, a press release states.


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