Artworks of the artist
Erró’s art can certainly be typecast as Pop Art, with bold comic-strip characters taken from dozens of cultural resources the art draws close comparison with propaganda posters. Erró embodies many pastiches and styles of other 20th century artists such as Picasso, Léger, Disney and Dalí. These are presented in such a way that they portray something of a hallmark for Erró, as the miscellany of pictorial languages fill the canvas with wilful abandon. This amalgamation epitomises both the playful nature of the subject matter and the deep contrasts in both colour and the images own content, as if spilling over with fullness.
Erró was born In Iceland in 1932. He is an Icelandic Pop artist whose work has encompassed paintings, drawings, collage, printmaking, sculpture and film. Erró travelled the world spending time in Europe, North and South America, the Soviet Union and the Far East.
His early works comprise a late surrealist style hinting at the cosmic entities of Roberto Matta but later his interpretation of postmodern life combined with comic book aesthetics place his work shoulder-to-shoulder with artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist.
Throughout the years his commentary on contemporary life has been consistent and has cemented his reputation. He has exhibited in major galleries all over the world including the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, in Paris and the Hong-Kong Arts Centre. In 2000 Erró was elected to receive the Honorary Artists Stipend by the Icelandic Parliament and in the summer of 2001 a museum was inaugurated in Reykjavik.
Erró made his two first aquagravures with the editions l’ESTAMPE in 2013
2010, Erró, 50 ans de collages, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Musée des beaux-arts de Dole; Erró. Dessins, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne.
2008, Erró, le fou d’images, Musée de Louviers.
2007, Erró: Toy Store, Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris ; The Erro Collection, Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalssta, Reykjavik; Erró, recommended Dirimart, Istanbul; The Forgotten Future – Erro, Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalssta, Reykjavik.
2006, Erró – Forgotten Future – aquarelles de 1981 à 2004.Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris; Erró – El Gran Collage del Mundo, IVAM – Institut Valencià dArt Modern, Valencia.
2005, ERRO, recommended Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna; Erró. Retrospectiva 1958-2004, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca.
2004, Boulgakov ou l’Esprit de liberté, avec Klasen et Monory, musée National des Beaux-Arts, Kiev, Ukraine; Worldscapes: The Art of Erro, Grey Art Gallery of New York University, New York, U.S.A.
Erro: Les Femmes fatales, Goethe-Institut, New-York, U.S.A; Mao’s last Visit to Venice, Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs, New York University, New York, USA; Erro, tableaux chinois, Musée de la Tapisserie, Aix-en-Provence, France; Les Amazones en proverbes, Galerie Louis Carré et Cie, Paris, France ; Erro, IUFM Confluence(s), Lyon, France; Erro, Obras 1958-2003, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Havane, Cuba; Erro, aquarelles, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Genève, Suisse.
2003, Erro, Hommage à Walt Disney, Galerie Louis Carré et Cie, Paris, France
Merrolyn Monroe and her friends, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienne, Autriche.
2002, Erro, La saga des comics américains, Espace Gustave Fayet, Sérignan, France; Erro, Renault et l’Art, Espace Renault, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
2001, A retrospective of the Erró Collection at the Reykjavik Art Museum opens in the Museum’s new building, Hafnarhus, June the 23rd; Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finlande; The Erro Collection, Reykjavik Art Museum-Harbour House, Reykjavik, Islande; Collages 1958-2000, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienne, Autriche; Erro: Rivisitando il passato, Galleria Tega, Milan, Italie; E-Mail Breakfast, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, FIAC, Paris, France.
2000, Erró creates a major decoration that is made in porcelain for a shopping centre in Reykjavik; Compositeurs classiques, contrepoints, Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Genève; Casa France-Brésil, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil; Museo Universiterio Contemporaneo de Arte, Mexico, Mexique; Museo de Arte Moderno, Monterrey, Mexique; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgique; Erro: Images du siècle, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France; Erro, Political Painting, Bergen Billedgalleri, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norvège; Norsk Vasskraft og Industriads Museum, Odda, Norvège; Fylkesgalleriet, Forde, Norvège; Hong-Kong Arts Center, Hong-Kong; Erro, les femmes fatales, Musée des Beaux Arts, Caen, France; Antologia 1966-2000, Galeria Barro Alto, Lisbonne, Portugal; Contrepoints 1978-1983, Galeria Antonio Prates, Lisbonne, Portugal.
1999, A major retrospective exhibition of his works in Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris.
1996-1998, Works on a huge decoration that is made in porcelain for an underground Metro station in Lisbon, Portugal.
1998, Has a large exhibition in the new building of the Reykjavik Art Museum (Hafnarhus) as well as in Villa Tamaris, la Seyne-sur Mer in the south of France.
1994, Has a private exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum at Kjarvalsstadir. There he adds a number of paintings as well as all his letters and documents to the Erró Collection at the Reykjavik Art Museum.
1989, Erró makes an important donation of paintings and of all his archives to the City of Reykjavik. This donation marks the establishment of the Erró Collections within the Reykjavik Art Museum.
1978, Retrospective organized by the Arts Festival of Reykjavik. An Icelandic television film is made on Erró.