Gerður Helgadóttir

Summer exhibition

She studied in the Art and Crafts college of Iceland and continued her education in Florence and then Paris, where she lived most of her life. Her black iron works in the fifties made her a pioneer of three-dimensional abstract art in Iceland. Some years later she created works out of fine art steel wires, composing delicate composition in space often with cosmic reference. When Gerður started welding bronze the forms of her works became irregular and organic and can be related to at informel. After a trip to Egypt in 1966 the influence of ancient Egyptian art can be detected in her works. Although Gerður wished to devote heself to sculpture, she was also a distinguished stained-glass artist working mostly in Iceland and Germany. Her best known windows are those of Skálholt Cathedral and Kópavogur Church. Her best known work in Iceland is a mosaic wall mural on the Custom House in Hafnastræti, Reykjavík from 1973.