By Isabel del Rio
‘To me art is nothing but pleasure’ Erla Axels said in the issue 5 of Yareah magazine and I claim today: Erla’s paintings reflect the joy of living and the joy of living in this Earth. They are part of nature and its basic elements. Earth, air, water and fire, what else?
Erla is from Iceland, a paradise of reflections, yet sparsely populated, where Mother Earth still speaks in blue whispers, maybe green.
Do you know that centuries ago a geographer was confused and changed the names of Greenland and Iceland. Yes Iceland is green and brown, full of stones with copper spots.
Strong constructions that no human has done, they arise from the blue background of Erla. Strong, powerful, fruit of a safe world, of an optimistic mind and of a refined technique.
I like the abstract because it allows you to dream, to see beyond the media and to delve into another world where everything is possible because imagination is free.
Abstract, Erla, Nature. They are ingredients of some works which invite to a smiling dream.
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Erla Axels was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1948. Erla studied art, at The Reykjavik School of Visual Art and later at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She has had many solo and joint exhibitions, held in Iceland, Norway, France, Canada, Sweden and USA. Erla established an art gallery workshop, Gallery Art-Hun, along with four other women. The gallery was the first one if its kind in Iceland and ran for twelve years. Around two years ago Erla built and established her own workshop gallery located just outside Reykjavik, Iceland. From the panorama view of her workshop she extracts endless power and myths from the nature which appears in her works. Erla works with three kinds of material, pastel on paper, oil on canvas and mixed media, which is a technique she has been developing through the years.