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Mid-career Icelandic artist Arnor Bielvedt works in a unique, neo-romantic expressionist style.
Raised in Iceland and Germany,he moved to the United States, eager to experience new cultures. He studied at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., where he received degrees in Marketing and Managerial Technology. At that point Arnor decided to devote his life to art. His love for art had started surfacing with greater strength than ever before and Arnor saw it his calling to become an artist.
With great joy and enthusiasm he started his studies over again, gaining a B.F.A. degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and a M.F.A. degree in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
After the completion of his studies Arnor served for seven years as Art Department Head at Logos School, a school for at risk students, in St. Louis, MO.
In the summer of 2001 he accepted the position of Art Department Head, Art Instructor and Gallery Director at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL.
In the last decade Arnor's work has been shown extensively in the USA and Europe and he has enjoyed representation by many reputable galleries around the world (including Gallery Commeter in Hamburg, Germany, founded in 1825).
Arnor's paintings reside in private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
2005 - "Ljos og Litberar", The Icelandic Graphic Assoiciation, Reykjavik, Iceland - "Ljos og Litberar", The Icelandic Graphic Assoiciation, Reykjavik, - Portraits and Landscapes, Lorimier Gallery, Cape Girardeau, MO - Facets, Almquist Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2004 - Still Life: Contemporary Visions, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL - Biennial International Juried Exhibition, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa, Florida - The OCF Annual Art Exhibition, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago - Towards Abstraction, Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, IL
2003 - Three Artists, Monarch Gallery, St. Louis, MO - Neutral Current, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NY, NY - ArtDimesions 2nd Anniversary, St. Louis, MO
2002 - Holiday Treasures, Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, Illinois - Live From Chicago, ATC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois - Faces, 3rd Coast Cafe, Chicago, Illinois
2001 - Four Directions, John Almquist Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois - Premiere/Art Dimensions, St. Louis, Missouri
2000 - Viking Celebration, The Residence of the Icelandic Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1999 - Color and Steel, Forissant Civic Center, Florissant, Missouri
1998 - Women and Flowers, Loftkastalinn, Reykjavik, Iceland - Icelandic Art, Gallery Kunst, Edinburgh, Scotland - Fishing for Flowers, Coffee Cartel, St. Louis, Missouri
1997 - Portraits of Jane, Canton Area Arts Council, Canton, Missouri - Introduction, Arnor, Culver Stockton College, Canton, Missouri - Where the Flowers Go, Art Attack Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri - Florals, Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico - Winter Invitational, Petrides Studio Gallery, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
1996 - 175th Anniversary, Galerie Commeter, Hamburg, Germany - Still Lives, Eleven East Ashland, Phoenix, Arizona - Sunflowers, Gallery B.A.I., Barcelona, Spain - Third Annual Small Works Invitational, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York