Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:00pm
A FORCE IN NATURE is the biopic of an 88-year-old Icelandic artist living in Texas.
Jóhann Eyfells, along with his late life-long partner, artist, Kristin Eyfells, have together forged a path of such pure creative force that their vast body of work can be likened to an undiscovered frontier of new expression and bold ideas. It's also the story of a man who left his Icelandic homeland and family at the age of 23 to carve a life for himself in America first as an amateur boxing champion, than as an architect, and finally, as a dedicated artist and teacher. The story will reveal the forces that shaped his early life in Iceland, a land of fire and ice. The same forces become sources of inspiration in his long life as a sculptor and thinker.
I am 88, and yes I am an old man, yet I am now on a wave of growing productivity and ideas. I want the world to know that I am always evolving as an artist and at this moment in time, I am finding a growing momentum in my work. You haven't seen anything yet. I am a force in motion...
Introduced by Western Gallery director Hafþór Yngvason, who appears in the film.
This film speaks to all artists, young and old alike, who see Jóhann Eyfells as a beacon of hope in bringing artistic expression to an entirely new level of understanding. A long time teacher of art at the University of Central Florida, Eyfells' body of work, at its core, conveys the very essence of nature's powerful creative force that reside both in the material and metaphysical world we live in. In Johann's words, "the creative forces trump the destructive forces, because the latter is subordinated by it. Love is such a force that it can never be destroyed."
Jóhann Eyfells, a constantly evolving artist, is presently working on a new series of work that embodies his vision that takes prehistoric elements and combines them with contemporary steel structures. Rocks, reminiscent of Stonehenge, shaped and sculpted by time, by the slow erosive power of water and wind are now a part of his vision as an artist.
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