“The land has a powerful and beautiful story to tell. And by listening to the language of the land, the water and sky, I have attempted to tell that story by way of my work.
Through my muted palette, and brushwork, my paintings transcend and interpret; capturing the rigid, brooding strength and ancestral dialogue of my homeland, Iceland, and it’s unfettered, unspoiled barren land.
I have been moving somewhat away from the literal and more into implying and conveying more of ‘a sense of place’, allowing the viewer to appreciate the untouched landscape.
It’s rawness and dark beauty are juxtaposed with the water and sky, which insinuates and interrupts the stillness and strength of the barren terrain.
This current series has been inspired by my culture, my life, and birthplace of Iceland. And with frequent sojourns, it has left an indelible impression and imprint on me to tell my story.”
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.