Ragnar Hermannsson (1922-2009) was born at Bjarg, Flatey island on Skjálfandi bay, where he lived most of his life, but spent his latter days at Hvammur retirement home in Húsavík. The museum celebrated Ragnar’s 100th anniversary by publishing a book about his works and exhibiting boats and carved out figures he made in his senior years.
Three things in particular grace the characters created by the artist: clear form, pure and vivid colours, well-made shoes. An unassuming tranquillity imbues his works – an aura of times past, heartfelt sincerity and unpretentiousness. The works express the masculine personality of the artist and bears witness to the exemplary craftsmanship that has lived with the nation for centuries.