2011 Tuskawilla Rd.
Oviedo, FL 32765
Halldórsdóttir Eyfells was born and raised in Iceland.
She is a graduate of The Commercial College of Iceland. In 1947, she
graduated from The Rudolph Schaefer School of Design in San Francisco,
California. Kristin also studied psychology and art for some time
at Hofstra College, Long Island, New York. In 1962, she received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and in 1963 was awarded a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree, both from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Kristin H. Eyfells has taken part in several group exhibitions in
the United States, Iceland and Denmark. Kristin married Johann Eyfells
in 1949. They agree that the art they create has little in common
except that it is made by a husband and wife. But both are similar
in their strong impact.
Kristin paints oversized, brightly colored, close-cropped faces of
well-known celebrities, chosen from the arts, entertainment and political
arenas. Her subjects include such figures as Barbara Bush, Bill Cosby,
and Greta Garbo as well as Winston Churchill, Bertrand Russell and
Sean Connery, to name only a few.
As explained in an essay by Francis Martin, Jr., Ph.D. curator at
the University of Central Florida, Kristin deepens her understanding
of each subject by studying biographical materials, however her interests
lie strongly in the de-contextualized, larger-than-life close-up of
eyes, ears, nose, and mouth to fill the oversized canvases. Her portraits
are relentlessly consistent as she translates each line and shadow
in the face into a myriad of vivid colors and shapes. Her methods
act to reverse the mass-cultural image of each figure by applying
"stage make-up" not to cover up imperfections, but to accentuate