Spessi, Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson, studied photography in AKI – Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst – in the Netherlands. 
He is a photographer and filmmaker, known as one of Iceland’s most important visual chroniclers. He was guest lecturer at the Icelandic Art Academy from 2000 to 2003 and has received six grants from the Iceland Ministry of Culture.
Since 1996 Spessi has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iceland, Europe and in New York. His photographs are included in private and public collections in Iceland, including the Reykjavík Art Museum and the National Gallery of Iceland.

He is a founding member and first chairman of ICPA
The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association www.fisl.is

Spessi has done advertisement (print) and editorials, for among others; Big New York, New York Times, Politiken, Extrabladet and Information in Denmark, MINI International Germany, Forum AID,  MCM Sweden and Loud & Quiet Magazine UK.
 

 

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

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     Íslensk Grafík - Reykjavík
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 – Ljósmyndin og málverkið í samtímanum.  Listasafn Íslands 

Books

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

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

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