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Gunnella's Art Featured
on the 2010 Nóa Síríus
Christmas Chocolates
October, 2010
More News Coverage Below
Updated December 10, 2010


Kristján Geir Gunnarsson,
Director of Marketing and Sales, Nói & Siríus
and Gunnella at the October 1, 2010 announcement
that Gunnella's art will be featured on the
2010 Christmas chocolate boxes.
October 1, 2010

For the first time in the history of the Nói Síríus Christmas chocolates original art from Iceand is featured on this year's chocolate boxes, the art of Gunnella. Sales will begin around mid-October 2010.




Lífið heldur áfram / Life Goes On

See the BOX



Lokaæfing fyrir Vetrarleikana /
Getting Ready for the Winter Games

See the BOX



Hátíð í bæ / Celebration

See the BOX



Á skautum / Skating

See the BOX


Fréttablaðið
October 25, 2010
page 16

The
Christmas presents are
no secret.

Jólagjafirnar eru ekki leyndarmál.

English translated text:
The new chocolate boxes from NÓI Sirius are dropping into stores these days. The boxes feature art by Gunnella Ólafsdóttir.

"Nói Siríus contacted me. For their 90th birthday they were going to put out new design on their chocolate boxes. They were interested in offering Icelandic art. They asked if I was interested in collaborating. Of course I said yes," says the artist Gunnella Ólafsdóttir. Her art covers the new Nói Siríus chocolate boxes that arriving in stores these days.

"They chose four of my paintings, two with winter themes and two with summer themes," says Gunnella. "The paintings are on the covers of two sizes of their chocolate boxes, the 600 gram and the 300 gram. The paintings they chose already existed, some not sold, others in private collection. But I had photos of them that were used for the printing."

Gunnella is happy with the results. "I am happy and also very proud of this project. I think it's an honor to have this opportunity. This is a good introduction to what I am doing. Also I think it is great that a large respected company is introducing Icelandic art in this way. The only problem is that now my family and friends know what my Christmas packages will contain."

Gunnella does not know why she was chosen. "Maybe it is because my paintings are Icelandic and colorful and each painting tells a story. Subjects and ideas come from all around, both from daily life and also from my childhood. I often put ideas into an old atmosphere, surroundings of the days of my grandpa and grandma. Old times and everything that has a story has always fascinated me."
- fsb
Islandic original text:
Vetrarstemning á konfektkössum. Gunnella Ólafsdóttir umkringd frummyndunum.

Nýir konfektkassar frá Nóa Síríusi eru að koma í verslanir þessa dagana. Kassana prýða myndir af málverkum eftir Gunnellu Ólafsdóttur.

„Þeir höfðu samband við mig frá Nóa Síríusi og sögðu að í tilefni af 90 ára afmæli fyrirtækisins væru þeir að fara af stað með nýja línu af konfektkössum og hefðu áhuga á að bjóða upp á íslenska myndlist. Þeir spurðu hvort ég væri til í samstarf og ég náttúrulega játti því,“ segir Gunnella Ólafsdóttir myndlistarkona, en myndir af málverkum hennar prýða nýja gerð konfektkassa frá Nóa Síríusi, sem eru að koma í verslanir þessa dagana.

„Það varð úr að þeir völdu fjórar myndir eftir mig, tvær með vetrarstemningu og tvær með sumarstemningu,“ segir Gunnella. „Myndirnar eru notaðar á tvenns konar kassa, 600 gramma og 300 gramma. Myndirnar sem þeir völdu voru þegar til staðar, sumar óseldar og aðrar í einkaeign, en ég átti til ljósmyndir af þeim sem voru notaðar fyrir prentunina.“

Gunnella er ánægð með hvernig til tókst. „Ég er ánægð, en fyrst og fremst stolt og ánægð með verkefnið. Mér finnst heiður að hafa fengið þetta tækifæri og þetta er góð kynning á því sem ég er að gera. Fyrir utan það að mér finnst alveg frábært að stórt og virt fyrirtæki skuli kynna íslenska myndlist á þennan hátt. Eini gallinn á þessu er að nú veit fjölskyldan hvað verður í jólapakkanum í ár.“ Gunnella veit ekki af hverju hún varð fyrir valinu. „Kannski er það af því að myndirnar mínar eru svolítið þjóðlegar og litríkar og hver segir sína sögu. Myndefnið og hugmyndirnar koma víða að, bæði úr nútímanum og æsku minni. Ég set oft hugmyndir í gamalt form og umhverfi frá tímum afa og ömmu. Ég hef alltaf haft gaman af því sem er gamalt og á sér einhverja sögu,“ segir Gunnella. -fsb
Séð og Heyrt
/
Seen and Heard

Number 44, October 24, 2010

Goodies Art





"For the first time Nói Sirius is using paintings on the covers of their boxes. They contacted me because they were designing a new line of chocolate-boxes, a new size and a new look, and they wanted to use Icelandic art. The asked for my paintings," says Gunnella.

"They chose four paintings, two with summer themes and two with winter themes. My paintings are very Icelandic, national and colorful, and each one tells a little story. I think that's what they were seeking because now everything that's Icelandic is popular and 'in'."

Gunnella is happy with the result. "For me this collaboration is a great honor. I'm very fond of this project. There's also a brand new piece of chocolate that's only found in my boxes.

Gunnella graduated from the then School of Art and Craft, similar to the University of Art today.

"I specialized in graphics and silkscreen. After graduating I worked in silkscreen but then turned to oil painting. Everything that is old has a story. This has always fascinated me and so I paint the old days. But my themes and ideas also come from the present yet I put them in an old atmosphere and I also allow myself to joke just a little. In art you can do anything and humor has its place here."
Hagkaup Smáralind



"I saw this in Hagkaup.
They mark the boxes as Gunnella's."

Gunnella at her art gallery, Gallerí Fold,
with Jóhann Ágúst Hansen of Gallerí Fold, Reykjavík
and new chocolates.

Stækka / Enlarge
See a brief Gunnella interview on a 2:19 video.
Same video on You Tube HERE and on Nóa Síríus HERE.
It's pure Icelandic, so enjoy the language.



Gunnella with the candy box and the orginal art
(Photo by daughter-in-law Maria Vygovska)
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