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Guðmundur Thoroddsen is from Reykjavik, Iceland, where he currently lives and works.  His current abstract paintings use the rich earthy tones of the Icelandic landscape, patches of color hinting at sprawling space. Previous paintings featured anthropomorphized cartoonish dogs in a similar style, camouflaged in their surroundings as they traverse implied landscapes. In his narrative yet sporadically drawn two-dimensional works, ambiguously ancient bearded figures compete in sports, cavort aimlessly, or while away the time in a pre-apocalyptic bacchanal, a humorous vision of contemporary masculinity in ideological disarray. Ungainly ceramics are titled as trophies awarded for futile victories, or have names like “Double Naughty Boy” and appendages suggesting bodily parts. He has used a variety of materials including ink, collage, carved and painted wood, marble, excrement, ceramic, and gold leaf, all with the longtime theme of dislodging the victorious and heroic with the profane.

After studies in Iceland, Holland, Berlin, and Granada, Thoroddsen completed his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Thula Gallery, Reykjavik; Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavík; The Hafnarborg Museum, Hafnarfjördur; The Reykjavík Art Museum; Harbinger Gallerí, Reykjavik; Hverfisgallerí, Reykjavik; and Tysgalleri, Reykjavik. Group exhibitions include the Reykjavík Art Museum; Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen; The Akureyri Art Museum; The Knockdown Center, New York; Quartair, The Hague; Ausstellungsraum, Basel; DODGE Gallery, New York; Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik; and Danziger Gallery, Berlin. He was nominated for the ArtPrize Top 2D Award for his SiTE:LAB show in Grand Rapids, MI. Press includes The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Icelandic Times, Time Out New York, Art F City, Whitehot Magazine, Elephant, New York Magazine, Art Observed, Art Zine, The Icelandic Times, and Twin Magazine, and his work appears in the 2011 publication "Icelandic Art History from late 19th Century to Early 21st Century”. He participated in Fallingwater Residency, Mill Run, PA, and the Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, and is the recipient of multiple artist grants from the Icelandic Art Center, Myndstef, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Iceland, and was a finalist for the 2019 Icelandic Art Prize.