Haukur Halldórsson

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Haukur Halldórsson
Born (1937-07-04) 4 July 1937 (age 82)
OccupationArtist and illustrator

Haukur Halldórsson (born 4 July 1937 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic artist and illustrator. He also goes under the name The Hawk.

Work and themes[edit]

Haukur was born in Reykjavík on 4 July 1937, he worked as a sailor for ten years and then studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts. He moved to Copenhagen but returned to Iceland where he worked in advertising.[1] In 1977 he designed the board game Útvegsspilið together with Tómas Tómasson and Jón Jónsson. In the game players compete by earning money in the fishing industry; the game became a big success in Iceland.[2]

His first art exhibition was in Gallery Djupið in Reykjavík in 1978 with Einar Þorsteinn Ásgeirsson, his first solo exhibition was in Reykjavík in 1980 in Gallery Torg run by the composer Jóhann G. Jóhannson. Since then he has made numerous exhibitions in Europe, China and in the USA, he works in various media, painting, sculpture, jewel making and explores most any media.

Halldorsson explored for a long time the theme of folklore of his home country Iceland, the Brothers Grimm, Celtic mythology and Nordic mythology in his art practice, he has made numerous drawings an illustrations on the subjects. Halldórsson has traveled widely to examine art, to China, various countries in Europe, and the United States.[3] In New Mexico he encountered the Navajo Indians, and observed the art of sand-casting which he later applied in his own art practice.

His selection of works from 1989 until 2001 combines disparate elements from the worlds of fantasy, myth and everyday experience, his paintings often contain mysterious magical characters, fire-spewing primeval titans, sections of peculiar structures, living skulls, Viking ships in strange surroundings etc. Much of his practice revolves the North-European mythology and Nordic mythology, he has gathered information about historical pagan European calendars and myths associated with different parts of the year, which has been the basis for some of his works.[4]

One of his most famous works is the Arctic Henge (Heimskautsgerðið), a series of circles and basalt columns that began its construction in 2004 at the village Raufarhöfn in northeastern Iceland, it has a diameter of 52 metres and works as a complex sundial with numerous references to Norse mythology.[5]

Personal life[edit]

His daughter Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir is also an artist.[6]

He is active in Ásatrúarfélagið. In 1994 he stood for election to become the organization's allsherjargoði, but lost with 34 votes against 59 votes for Jörmundur Ingi Hansen.[7]

Illustration works[edit]

  • Steinn Bollason: ævintýri frá Rúmeníu, by Hólmfríður Knudsen (1967)
  • Útvegsspilið (1977)
  • Á förnum vegi: umferðarleiðbeiningar handa 7-9 ára börnum, by Sigurður Pálsson (1979)
  • Stóra barnabókin: sögur, ævintýri, ljóð, þulur, bænir, barnagælur, gátur, leikir, þrautir, föndur, by Jóhanna Thorsteinsson (1982)
  • Tröll: sögur og teikningar úr íslenskri þjóđsagnaveröld, by Jón Árnason (1982)
  • Íslenskir annalar, 1400-1449, by Anders Hansen (1983)
  • Blautleg ljóð, by anonymous (1985)
  • Í stjörnumyrkri, by Ari Gísli Bragason (1989)
  • Reiðskólinn þinn: undirstöðuatriði reiðmennsku í máli og myndum, by Haukur Halldórsson (1991)
  • Álfar, æsir og menn : fyrsti hluti, by Haukur Halldórsson (2008)
  • Galdur og ættarmerki, by Haukur Halldórsson (2008)
  • Tarot norðursins, by Haukur Halldórsson (2009)
  • "Fóa og Fóa feykirófa: þjóðsaga", by Haukur Halldórsson, Nesti og nýir skór (2015)

English translations[edit]

  • Some Icelandic recipes, by Elín Kristjánsdóttir (1973)
  • Trolls in Icelandic folklore: stories and drawings, by Jón Árnason (1982)
  • Elves, aesir and humans: first book, by Haukur Halldórsson (2008)
  • Yggdrasil: Norse Divination Deck, by Haukur Halldórsson and Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide (2019)


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