Upprisa - abstrakt mynd

Upprisa - abstrakt mynd

Einar Þorláksson

  • Year : 1971
  • Height : 114 cm
  • Width : 139 cm
  • Category : Málverk
  • Sub-category : Olíumálverk

This piece, Resurrection – an abstract picture, is in many ways representative of Einar's art in the 1970s and 80s. Oddly cold, bleak hues of blue create a disquieting atmosphere in the painting. The picture plane is divided into foreground, middleground and background in a quite traditional way, and the horizon is clearly marked at the top of the plane. The forms of the painting are somewhere in between nature – lava rock, cliffs and moss – and organic symbolism of another kind. The painting certainly depicts a kind of “resurrection”, though not in the biblical sense of the word. From the lava field rise mounds or piles reminiscent of monsters from horror and fantasy films like the Alien movies, with indications of a gaping maw here, fangs there, and staring eyes. It is as if these “beings” are intending to take over the earth. We do not know exactly what forces Einar alludes to here, whether they are internal or external. His artistic view is often characterised by pessimism, but with an admixture of dark humour and self-mockery.

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