Biography

Guðmundur Thoroddsen is from Reykjavik, Iceland, where he currently lives and works. His paintings, ceramics, and works on paper question our glorification of male power, and display a humorous vision of contemporary masculinity in ideological disarray. In his narrative yet sporadically drawn two-dimensional works, ambiguously ancient bearded figures compete in sports, cavort aimlessly, or while away the time in a pre-apocalyptic bacchanal of men striving to capture the dying days of male supremacy. Muted colors, delicate graphite, and chunky collage evoke Jockum Nordstrom, Carter, Marcel Dzama, and Twombly-esque scrawls. Ungainly ceramics are titled as trophies awarded for futile victories, or have names like “Double Naughty Boy” and appendages suggesting bodily parts. Well known for his previous wooden sculptures, he has used a variety of materials including ink, collage, carved and painted wood, marble, excrement, ceramic, and gold leaf, all with the longtime theme of dislodging the victorious and heroic with the profane.


After studies in Iceland, Holland, Berlin, and Granada, Thoroddsen completed his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Hafnarborg Museum, Hafnarfjördur; The Reykjavík Art Museum; Harbinger Gallerí, Reykjavik; Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavik; and Tysgalleri, Reykjavik. Group exhibitions include Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen; The Akureyri Art Museum; The Knockdown Center, New York; Quartair, The Hague; Ausstellungsraum, Basel; Reykjavik Art Museum; DODGE Gallery, New York; Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik; and Danziger Gallery, Berlin. He was nominated for the ArtPrize Top 2D Award for his SiTE:LAB show in Grand Rapids, MI. Press includes The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Whitehot Magazine, Elephant, New York Magazine, Art Observed, Art Zine, The Icelandic Times, and Twin Magazine, and his work appears in the 2011 publication "Icelandic Art History from late 19th Century to Early 21st Century”. He participated in the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, and is the recipient of multiple artist grants from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Iceland, and is a finalist for the Icelandic Art Prize 2019.