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Paint Iceland’s Natural Landscapes with Richard Pikesley RWS NEAC

12th - 20th May 2019

The Artist Magazine  magazine painting holiday



Iceland’s landscapes, seascapes and skies are dramatic and on a scale that takes your breath away. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the immensity, intensity and atmosphere of Iceland’s natural phenomena on the Tröllaskagi Peninsular with the assistance of a very experienced guest artist.

The unpolluted air means there is a clarity of light and May sees the onset of spring with warmer temperatures and longer days as the period of the Midnight sun approaches. There will still be plenty of snow in the mountains and spring flowers and sheep in the lower meadows. You can expect dramatic cloud formations  and moody skies interspersed with clear skies and bright sunshine.  

Paint Iceland's Natural Landscapes with Richard Pikesley RWS NEAC

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You’ll be based in Siglufjörður on the Tröllaskagi Peninsular on Iceland’s north coast. This is known as the Troll Country and is an area of deep fjords where mountains drop sheer in the sea and snow-capped peaks all year around, and big seas and endless skies. It is sparsely populated with small fishing villages of brightly painted wooden houses and churches.



Spectacular skies in Siglufjörður in May 

Siglufjörður is located near the tip of a beautiful fjord and is Iceland’s most northerly town. It is less than 25 miles from the Arctic Circle and was Iceland’s fishing (herring) capital from 1905-1965. It has since become a quiet and quaint fishing village with a population of just 1182. Until 2010 when the Hedinsfjörður Tunnel was built it remained very isolated and it was not until 2015 when a hotel opened that visitors started to discover the beautiful fjords in this remote area. Its fishing industry remains at the heart of the community, although on a much smaller scale. There are lots of colourfully painted wooden houses, a church and a working harbour with traditional fishing boats and yachts and a fish factory.












The hotel is located on the water’s edge with great views across the fjord and of the harbour, a good restaurant, small lounge with fire, meeting room with day light (indoor studio) and a large outdoor hot tub!



Richard Pikesley RWS NEAC is a leading figurative painter who incorporates abstract elements in his work. He is well known for his seascapes and beach scenes. Richard Pikesley is a very engaging and approachable guest artist.





Painting with Richard in Iceland

To reflect the mix of subjects around the town and harbour and the wilder subjects beyond, Iceland lends itself to working on bigger boards and canvases and on more varied sizes.  To help you, Richard will provide some group teaching and demonstrations and pre-trip worksheets, as well as individual guidance on ad hoc basis. He is a great believer in students learning by watching each other work, so is very happy to paint with an audience and to talk about it. This will be a semi-structured painting holiday ideal for intermediate and experienced students.

 Click here to read an interview with  Richard and see more of his work..

Paintings by Richard Pikesley














Richard has a solo exhibition at The Jerram Gallery, Sherbourne 22 September – 10 October 2018  

He is also an exhibiting artist in the British Plein Air Painters’ exhibition, The Menier Galley, Southwark Street, London 16 – 20 October 2018


Scheduled flights to Akureyri via Reykjavik, 4 star hotel accommodation and all meals are included. Painting will mostly be in Siglujörður with transport on a couple of days to explore the area and paint the evening skies. The local bus can be used to visit other fishing villages along the coast. An accompanying travel escort will be looking after you and all the arrangements.


Per person in a twin room:   GBP 4,495.00                                                               

Single room supplement:     GBP    700.00                                                               

Number of students:                         8 – 12      

This holiday is offered to you in association with The Artist Magazine magazine.

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