I was browsing Facebook the other day and someone shared a photo I completely loved! I checked out the page it belonged to and it turns out it is by and Icelandic artist called Dagbjört Drífa Thorlacius. I find her paintings to be so beautiful, charming and a little spooky!
I contacted her and got to ask her a couple of questions because firstly I really wanted to get to know the person behind the paintings and secondly I wanted to share her story!
Dagbjört is born in the year 1980 and comes from a rather small community in Iceland called Búðardalur, everyone knows everyone kind of a thing! She had always thought she would end up as an artist from 8 year old but she tried several different things on her way there. She went to college with emphasis on painting, took a little while where she studied nursing but saw quickly that she belonged in the art world!
She went to study at the Icelandic Art Academy which was the door into something very interesting and exciting.
She says that she doesn't regret quitting nursing because she loves to have a voice through her paintings!
Dagbjört added to her studies and finished a diploma degree as an art teacher, lived for a while in Copenhagen and took a seminar in photography. Lastly she finished a master’s degree in pragmatic culture communication from the Icelandic Academy.
So you can for sure say that she has added to her field with education that will for sure do her art scene some good!
“I am always checking my environment, I have people on my mind all the time and watch people in my nearest surroundings. Connection between people and their environment interest me greatly!”
She says that her paintings are in fact her thoughts of the individual’s existence and they have all to do with the person and their surroundings. She is interested in time, day and age and she bases the pieces on people she has seen somewhere, seen on screen, or on new or old photographs.
"These are all people that have spiked my curiosity and interest! The beginning is always based on real people but I never know how the end result will look like! I am quick to part from reality to the creatures in my paintings because they start to take over shortly after I begin to paint and inevitably take charge of the way they will end up looking like."
Drífa says that she wouldn’t find it very fun to paint if she knew the final outcome in the beginning. Each piece has its own story and it is influenced by motions, nature, colours and zeitgeist. It is influenced by diverse factors that surrounds the artist and country life is never far ahead and an underlying country romance is common in her pieces, some sort of a nostalgia.
Normally Drífa uses oil paint and thins it down with turpentine, she paints in thin layers one at a time and before she knows it the image has appeared.
We wish Drifa the best of luck with her art future which we are sure will be bright for this young talent!
If you are interested to see more pieces by Drífa please follow her Facebook page and/or check out her homepage here.
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