exploring various styles and philosophies of painting for over a
decade, I suddenly feel like I have found my home or my style of
expression. Iceland, the island in the north I grew up in was
allowed to come into my consciousness and imagination and in the
process opened up many doors which were waiting to be opened.
The beauty of an atmospheric, surreal landscape, where stillness
prevails but the heartbeat of living nature can also be both felt and
heard was a perfect setting for a strong color expression. The
most perfect natural carrier of color is the flower and I feel the
attraction it has to the space, soil and air of these,
still, nordic landscapes. This is unspoiled nature, maybe
representing the unspoiled pure aspect of humanity in general;
probably something worth seeking....
Chicago, IL, July 23, 2005
G. Bieltvedt grew up in Iceland. After graduating from high school he
moved to Germany. He lived in Munich and Augsburg for three years and
received his "Vordiploma" in Economics and Social Sciences
from the University of Augsburg.
was eager to experience new cultures and moved to the United States to
continue his studies. He studied at Johnson & Wales University in
Providence, R.I., where he received a B.S. degree in Marketing and a
M.S. degree in Managerial Technology.
that point Arnor decided to devote his life to art. His love for art
had started surfacing with greater strength than ever before. Arnor
saw it his calling to become an artist. He started with great joy and
enthusiasm his studies over again, gaining a B.F.A. degree in Painting
from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and a M.F.A.
degree in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
the completion of his studies Arnor served as Art Department Head at
Logos School, a school for at risk students, in St. Louis, MO, for
seven years, and in the summer of 2001 accepted the position of Art
Department Head, Art Instructor and Gallery Director at North Shore
Country Day School in Winnetka, IL. In the last decade Arnor's work
has been shown extensively in the USA and Europe and he has enjoyed
representation by many reputable galleries around the world (e.g. the
180 year old Gallery Commeter in Hamburg, Germany, which has exhibited
the work of several of the most famous painters in the history of
paintings reside in private and public collections in the United
States, Europe and Asia, such as the collections of the ambassadors of
Iceland in Finland, Austria and Japan, the tennis star Jimmy Arias in
Florida, the movie star Jessica Harper in California and Starbucks
C.E.O. Orin Smith in Washington.