Eyfells and Eyfells:
revolutionary sculptor, art professor at the University of Central Florida
for over 30 years, one-time architect and son of an Icelandic landscape
painter, is known to many in Central Florida as the Grandfather of
Sculpture. Born in 1923 in Reykjavik, Iceland, he studied at several
universities earning a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1953 and later a
master's degree in fine art in 1964. In 1949, Jˇhann married Kristin
Halldorsdottir, former Icelandic model and dress designer, who made her own
career side by side with her husband mastering in fine art, sculpture and
photography. Jˇhann worked as an architect, artist and teacher in Iceland
and the United States until 1969, when he and Kristin moved to Florida.
There he continued to work as an artist and professor of art at the
University of Central Florida.
Jˇhann began producing abstract sculptures in the 60's based on his
experiments in chemistry and physics, utilizing the various transformational
properties of metals, especially aluminum, iron and copper. He calls his
work "receptual" based on his concept of receptualism, a theory he developed
to explain the essence of his work. He has received much recognition
throughout his career including an invitation from the government of Iceland
to represent his homeland at the 45th Venice Biennale and inclusions in the
9-museum traveling exhibition "What Nature Provides" and the United Nations'
"World Artists at the Millenium".
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