Jóhann G. Jóhannsson
Peaks & Pyramids
Jóhann G. Jóhannsson has been active in Icelandic art life for the past decades. He started his art-carrier in popular music bands and is one of the best composer in that area. Early on in his carrier he began expressing himself in music and art equally. For the past years the connection of music and art has become stronger, especially where he is wrestling with the triangular shape in music as well as art.
Peaks & Pyramids is the newest exhibition and was held in Reykjavik Town Hall, September 25th - October 10th. It is his first theme based exhibition where all the paintings (except one) is based on the triangular shape. The pictures are painted with oil on canvas but the triangular shape is a cut out Plexiglas, painted on both sides.
During the exhibition a video made by Valdimar Leifsson, film producer, was shown on a screen - along with 3 Pyramids an electronic music composition by Jóhann. It was published on a CD and is made up of three independent parts; Future, Present and Past. The different parts are mixed in a special surround sound in several versions on the CD.
Jóhann started work on the triangular pictures as early as 1995, inspired by the mountain Keilir on the Reykjanes peninsula. Keilir is according to Jóhann the Icelandic natural pyramid. The exhibition Peaks & Pyramids is the continuing evolvement of the triangular shape where he tries to create a unique world of image and sound.
The book Initiation by Elisabeth Haich had great influence on Jóhann when preparing the exhibition. The book is about a woman's spiritual journey through time and space.
Peaks & Pyramids 1 (160x125) (SOLD)
Oil and Plexiglas
Jóhann G. Jóhannsson
Jóhann G. Jóhannsson is born 22. February 1947 in Keflavík. He graduated from Samvinnuskólinn Bifröst (The Bifröst Commercial College).
The musical carrier started with the School-band of Bifröst in the fall of 1963 and later he became the band manager. Jóhann G. became a professional musician in 1966 when the pop-music band Óðmenn was founded. He was the lead singer and played the base.
During his music carrier he played with various bands: Straumar (1965), Óðmen (1966-68), Musica Prima (1968-69), Óðmenn II (1969-70) Tatarar (1971), Náttura (1972) and Póker (1978).
Later Jóhann G. has since performed in numerous musical events.
The first art exhibition was in 1971 and ever since Jóhann has worked equally with art as well as music. More than 200 songs and lyrics have been published by Jóhann and many have been made popular by other artists as well as him self.
1970 Óðmenn II - double album
1979 Burt með reykinn (Get rid of the smoke) /Anti smoking committee 2 songs
Other published works:
1977 Poetry book Flæði (Flow)