Steingrímur Gauti Icelandic, b. 1986

Steingrímur Gauti lives and works in Reykjavík Iceland. He has a BFA from the Iceland University of Arts and studied at Universitat der Kunste in Berlin with focus on painting. He is known for his large, sparse, abstract expanses on canvas, with some childlike drawings and scribbles of sentences. “I’m not really that interested in the relationship of colour or form or anything like that,” Steingrímur says about his work. “I’m more interested in expressing some basic forms of human emotions.”


I used to think that I didnt need to find inspiration and that it was just something to look for if you needed to design or illustrate something. But inspiration always finds you, even when you are not looking. I have been a Zen-student for a few years now, which has influenced my work quite a bit. A clear mind makes it very easy for random aspects to find their way into my work, which in turn makes the painting much lighter and simpler.I try not to take any of this too seriously, because if I try too hard I dont get anywhere. Just create something, preferably from a place of no-mind and total stillness.


The act of painting for me is a way of thinking. I dont really think and paint, but the mind follows the hand and the act turns into a conversation with the painting which includes the automatic thought of what the next move will be and so on. So I guess in a way, my work is just about time and being, the mundane and what falls in between. The notes you cannot play, and some of the feelings and emotions you cant really put into words. What I would like to see in my paintings when they are ready, is not really something intellectual, but something more physical and dynamic - something that pulls you in.