Louisa Matthíasdóttir & Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jonsson

Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Self Portrait with Blaze in Icelandic Landscape n.d., oil
Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Self Portrait with Blaze in Icelandic Landscape n.d., oil on canvas, 23 x 22 inches (courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery)

Hovey Brock reviews Louisa Matthíasdóttir and Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jonsson at Tibor de Nagy, New York, on view through June 17, 2016.

Brock writes that "[Matthíasdóttir's] surfaces, switching freely between thick and thin passages, show a quick, decisive hand with little evidence of pentimenti or erasures. The subjects alternate between scenes of sheep grazing in the countryside, views of Reykjavik, and small seaside villages. Her compositions work best where her abstract and representational tendencies are in almost perfect balance... [Jonsson] creates the shimmering images in her silk textiles through a process similar to ikats... Jonsson’s ability to work wet dyes into wet gives her fabrics a painterly appeal that ikats lack, as they depend on resists to create their patterns."