Guðrún Gallo Portrait

Artist Bio

Guðrún (Finnbogadottir) Gallo was born in Iceland in 1964. She graduated from Durham College in Oshawa, ON with a Graphic Design diploma in the mid 80’s. 

She worked as a Design Editor and Art Director for many well known national magazine publications and newspapers in Toronto, including The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail National Newspaper before moving to Prince Edward County in 2001 with her young family.

Guðrún has been painting for twenty years or so, off and on, taking a hiatus to focus on running her retail business. She is now able to solely focus on her love of painting and creating, cultivating her unique style in acrylic and oil. 

Her work has been collected both privately and publicly. Guðrún has displayed her art in various regional shows and galleries throughout Southeastern Ontario. 

Check out her Instagram page @gudrungalloart to keep up with latest News and Events, where she will be showcasing her most recent work. 

And follow along for upcoming dates and to learn more about her annual Small Works Show & Sale. 

Artist Statement:

“I enjoy creating movement and tension in my work, beckoning the viewer into its depths. Whether the subject is a still life or a landscape, that energy comes through, by way of the composition, or colour palette and my quick brushwork and layered collage. 

This series of work is not as traditional in approach as my previous florals and landscapes. – And I’m loving this exploration! 

I have always been drawn to Expressionism and aspire to this way of painting even now, though more loosely, painting in a alla prima style, sometimes blurring reality to a point of mere suggestion of the subject. 

For the past year I’ve also been exploring the different mediums and techniques, and how they blend and also repel against one another. I’ve also been introducing collage, charcoal and oil pastel into my pieces.

This introduction of materials, I find, has invited the viewer further into the depths of my work, hopefully evoking further interest and curiosity. 

I’m looking at the world a little differently now, since the pandemic, and I’m optimistic of what that will bring.”