Laufey Bustanypaintings

I was born in Denmark to Icelandic parents, raised and educated in Iceland, Denmark, England, France, and the United States.

I was trained as a scientist but I always considered art as my second profession. I took art courses along with my other studies while in college and participated in workshops for drawing, painting, silk screening, and pottery.

Shortly after I immigrated to the United States in 1971 I started painting in oils abstract images of my native Iceland. Later, I became inspired by, the feminist movement, as I sought to balance the art of being a mother, wife, scientist with that of an artist. Some of these works were subject to a solo exhibit in Morristown, New Jersey in 1978. In the following years my role as an artist gave way to my other work and very few paintings remain from the eighties.

I returned full time to painting in 1995 studying model drawing with the French artist Andre Enard at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and painting with the Icelandic artist Vala Arnadottir in her New York Studio 1995-98. At that time, my work changed in search of a more lyrical expression.

My sources of inspiration include the interplay of seasonal light and space, classical music, and politics. I am also interested in the experience of exile and the merging of cultures and how we can preserve personal/national identity in a globalized context.

I have completed a number of commissions, including a commission 1998 of five large paintings for The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, for its collection permanently on display in its public areas.

Currently, I am working on two series of paintings one is abstract concepts of America and the other realistic landscapes from the arctic, Iceland and Greenland.