Sighvatur Karlsson


About me

I am born 1959 and raised up in Reykjavik, Iceland. I started to paint with oil in 1996 when I attended a week long course in oil painting in Husavik where I was a Lutheran minister for more than thirty years.

I attended a few weekend oil courses in Reykjavík. One of my teachers in Reykjavik helped me to change the colors on my palette. It became more colorful. I used my garage in Husavik as a workshop. When I retired in Husavik 2019 I decided to go to an art school i Reykjavik. That was a wise decision because then I could follow my dream to paint more than ever before and ask for teachers opinion of my work and advise for further development of it.





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  • Theology at the University of Iceland 1980-1986
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic 1992-1993


I use brushes but I also like to use palette knifes. I paint with oil on canvas but I have also painted a few acryl works on canvas.


Icelandic landscape, nature, birds, boats, houses, still life, figures, music and color. I like to think about the connection of music, color and feelings when I paint my new paintings.


Previous exhibitions:

  • Husavik 2012
  • Gallery Oyggin, South Islands, Faroe islands 2012
  • Seltjarnarneskirkja, Reykjavík 2019 An exhibition of 10 paintings, inspired by the book of David and the Bible song music of Antonin Lepold Dvorsak, the Check composer.
  • Hafnarfjarðarkirkja, Hafnarfjörður 2020

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