|Born||3 September 1922
Nólsoy, Faroe Islands
|Died||28 May 1976
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Life and work
The self-taught artist Steffan Danielsen found most of the inspiration for his pictures in his home village Nólsoy and the island of same name. In his art Danielsen distils the essence of the landscape in an original way.
Bárður Jákupsson in his book Færøernes billedkunst (Färöi screen end art) compares Danielsen with the classical author Sámal Mikines, who lived on a similarly small, remote and inaccessible Faroe Island: Mykines. Both islands have important bird colonies and both islands have only one village. Danielsen spent most of his 24 productive years on Nólsoy, with just one period abroad in Denmark between 1951 and 1956. His first exhibition in 1952 in Ólavsøka brought him to the attention of the Faroese art community.
Danielsen's paintings describe his homeland island in everyday detail, capturing not only the landscapes, boats, buildings but also the atmosphere and spirit of the place. He captures the light, with sun and rain, snow and fog, and the predominantly red tones allude sensitively to the colour nuances of the Faroese landscape.
His paintings of Nólsoy were featured on a series of Faroese stamps in 1990:
and also in this stamp of 1985:
Stamp FR 114: Winter day, Nólsoy 1959, 65x87cm, Listasavn Føroya (The Faroe Islands Art Museum)
- text translated from de:Steffan Danielsen
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