Born in 1932 in Iceland, Gudmundur Gudmundsson as known as ERRÓ lives and works in Paris since 1958.
Turning right away his back on abstract painting, ruling at the time, since the 60s, he is an unmissable artist, co-founder of the Narrative Figuration movement, close to Pop-Art.
Through his journeys around the world, ERRÓ collects images (advertisements, news photos, posters, political documents) that are the source of his inspiration. He picks, assemble, accumulates them as he wishes – always with humor, sometimes dread and violence – to create from his cuttings and collages artworks as much to read as to see.
« I need efficient tools, and, through my journeys, I look everywhere in books sale stores, kiosks. I gather a huge quantity and when I have enough images related to a topic, it’s the sign that it’s time to start a set. The process involves the selection of the pictures, « marrying » them together to create collages, then artworks...
The collage creation is the most exciting part of my work, the most free ; It’s almost automatic writing. The point is not to just copy the preliminary collage, as I put it on the canvas, the project evolves. It’s the hand that controls everything. »
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