Spessi – Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson - born 1956 in Ísafjörður, Iceland

 Spessi is a founding member and first chairman of FÍSL, ICPA (2007) – The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association www.fisl.is

 

Education and work

         

1989 - 1990    De Vrije Akademie, Den Haag, Netherlands
1993 - 1994    AKI - Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Enschede, Netherlands
1990 - 1992    Staff Photographer at Pressan newspaper, Reykjavík, Iceland
2000 - 2004    Guest lecturer at the Icelandic Art Academy
2005 - 2015    Teacher at The Icelandic School of Photography 

Spessi has done advertisement (print) and editorials, for among others; Big New York, New York Times, Politiken, Extrabladet and Information in Denmark, MINIInternational Germany, Forum AID  and MCM Sweden.

 

Selected private exhibitons

1996 Heroes - The Tarhouse, Ísafjörður
1996   People - Höfðaborg, Hafnarhúsið, Reykjavík
1999 Bensín - Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavík Art Museum
2000 Bensín - Roebling Hall, New York
2001   Bensín - The Lydmar Hotel Stockholm, Sweden
2002   Campsite - Roebling Hall, New York
2002 Heroes - Nordic House, Faroe Islands
2003   Tourist Spots - Iceland National Gallery
2003 BASE - The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (with Erik Pauser)
2004   Example / Portrait - Ísafjörður Art Museum
2005   Base -  Nordatlantens Brygge Chopenhagen (with Erik Pauser)             
2006   Workers - 101 Gallery, Reykjavik
2006   Location - Hafnarborg Art museum, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
2008   Chicken Fajitas in the Manner of Google, Mexican Corn soup and Chocolate Ice Cream - Gallery 100°
2008   Gallery Vartai - Art Photography Festival in Vilnius 2008
2010   Heroes / Sample - Ísafjörður Art Museum
2013 Horse With No Name – Reykjavík Museum of Photography - 27th Reykjavik Arts Festival 2013
2014 Workers – Gallerí Úthverfa/Gallery Outvert Ísafjörður
2015   Food People and Post Office - Gallery Schody, Warsaw Festival of Art Photography 2015
2015   Food People and Post Office – Listamenn Gallerí, Reykjavík
2015   Food People and Post Office – Gallerí Úthverfa/Gallery Outvert, Ísafjörður
2015: Horse With No Name – Inside Outsider Gallery, Frankfort Kansas
2018: 111 – Reykjavík Arts festival 2018 – Gallerí Rýmd Völvufell

 

Film

 2003   300 Accordions - Documentary film 30 min
Horse With No Name – Documentary, full feature film, work in progress

 

Group exhibitons 

1998 In the flesh - The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík
1998   Gallery Slunkaríki, Ísafjörður (with Steingrímur Eyfjörð Kristmundsson)
1999 Samma motiv – Rantagalleria, Oulu, Finland
2000 World Trade - Roebling Hall, New York
2001 Faces and Figures - Scandinavian House, New York
2001 Reykjavík samtímans - Reykjavík Photo Museum
2002 Campsite - Gerðarsafn Kópavogur, Iceland
2002 Seasons in Icelandic Photography - Retrospective - Moscow
2003   Icelandic contemporary photography - Reykjavík Art Museum
2004   Environment and Nature – Iceland National Gallery
2004   Paysages islandais -  Fnac Saint Lazare
2006   The Landscape and the Folktale - Iceland National Gallery
2006   Hin Blíðu Hraun - Hafnarborg Art Museum, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
2006   God´s Chosen People -  Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavík
2008   Dreams of Sublime and Nowhere, in Icelandic Contemporary Art -  Bozar Museum, Brussels
2008   Dreams of Sublime and Nowhere, in Icelandic Contemporary Art -  Reykjavík Art Museum
2008   Reflection - National Museum of Iceland
2010   Window Mirrors - Reykjanes Art Museum
2010   Reality Check - Reykjavík Arts Festival
2010   Vanitas - Still-life in Contemporary Icelandic Art -  Reykjavik Art Museum                      
2011   Portrait Now - The National Historical Museum, Copenhagen
2011   Frontiers of Another Nature - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
2013   Frontiers of Another Nature - Hippolyte Gallery Helsinki, Finland
2014   (Re)construction of friendship - Former KGB Headquarters Riga, Latvia
2014   At Twilight, exhibition of the Gallery collection - National Gallery of Iceland
2014   Pushing Reality - Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Month of Photography Berlin
2015   Relooking – Icelandic Landscape Photography, Gallery STARA - Warsaw Festival of Art Photography
2016   Ljósmálun – Lightpaint, The photo and the painting in our times.  National Gallery of Iceland
2017   The Dazzling decade, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art,  Overland Park, Kansas City.

Books

1999   Bensin
2007   Location
2008   Chicken Fajitas in the Manner of Google, Mexican Corn soup and Chocolate Ice Cream
2018  111

 

Awards

1990              The Icelandic photojournalist exhibition; first prize for portraits.
1991              The Icelandic photojournalist exhibition; first prize in an open category.
1997              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 6 months
2000              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 6 months
2004              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 3 months
2008              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 6 months
2011              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 6 months
2016              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 3 months
2017              Artist´s Stipend – The Icelandic State 3 months

Residencies

 

2010             Fogo Island Arts Corporation, Production Program, Newfoundland, Canada
2011              Fogo Island Arts Corporation, Production Program, Newfoundland, Canada

 

Work in collections

Iceland National Gallery                                      
Reykjavík Art Museum
Ísafjörður Art Museum                           
Reykjanes Art Museum                                      
The West Collection
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Safn collection, (Pétur Arason)