Here are located images and excerpts from books and newspaper articles mentioning Beckmann.
This collection is in its infancy at present, but is expected to grow as more material is discovered.
Beckmann circa 1934 in Germany
Municipal Library of Kopavogur receives donation of work by Wilhelm Ernst Beckmann....more
From Left : Hrafn Hardarson, Hrefna Beckmann, Einar Beckmann, Moiken Steinberg
Beckmann's son Einar at his fathers Alter piece Tablet
The Statue "Woman'' donated by Moiken Steinberg from Germany
The reverend Sigurdur Arnarson priest of Kopavogur discusses Beckmann's work
Budir at Snaefellnes
Located in the graveyard at Budir is a gravestone by Beckmann.
It is in memory of his father in law Einar Magnusson farmer of Sydri Knarratunga.TheTablet on the right was donated by Beckmann to the Budir church in 1951
Brooch carved from Ivory by Beckmann for his wife Valdis
Drinking Horn by Beckmann.
This item is in private possession
Small picture frame carved by Beckmann
AAshtray with the four protectors of Icelandsh
Horse whip made of Ebony and Ivory
Horse poem is engraved on the ring in the middle
Spoon made of Ramshorn by Beckmann
Bracelet with the protectors of Iceland
Snaefells glacier, In private possession
Painting of Hrefna Beckmann
Cabinet carved by Beckmann, In private possession
Looking towards Stapafell Mountain and Snaefells glacier
Two Bookshelves decorated with Hofdaletur lettering
Both in privat possession
The Stone Statue in Kopavogur
This stone Statue " Praying Woman" was originally given to the Reverend Gunnar Arnason priest in Kopavogur
He kept it in his garden next to his house at Digranesvegur in Kopavogi
Son of Gunnar who owned the statue placed it on his naturstrip outside his house to the enjoyment of all passers by.
The Statue is now located outside the Kopavogur Church Hall
The big Tablet has been found
Tablet without a home
It is not known what plans Beckmann had for this artwork, but it was sold along with his workshop after his death in 1965
The buyer was Gudjon Asberg Jonsson former apprentice and co worker for many years.
When Gudjon passed away the Tablet was stored in a workshop of Gujons son at the outskirts of Reykjavik
It was discovered when Einar son of Beckmann was in Iceland 2010 and had contacted Gudjons son.
With great help from Hrafn Hardarson, the son and widow of Gudjon, the Tablet was moved into storage at the Kopavogur Church Hall. There it will get proper restoration and care to return it to it's former glory.
Beckmann designed a Logo for the Hotel Borg, This logo has stayed with the Hotel for decades.
It demonstrates that a good design will never become obsolete.
Hotel Borg Logo
Hotel Borg's Reception front desk with Beckmann's Logo
On Holidays at Snaefellsnes
Beckmann was a devoted animal lover, and here he is at Sydri Knarra Tunga in Breiduvik spending time with Lubbi the farm dog
Painting at the spur of the moment
Beckmann could be a fast worker if he so decided, as this incident demonstrates so well.
Back in 1960 a new Lunchroom was opened inTresmidjan Vidir where Beckmann had a workshop
The staff commented that the room was dull and nothing on the walls.
This talk came to the attention of Beckmann, who decided to do something about this problem.
The following weekend Beckmann had brushes and paint ready, and inspiration a plenty.He started to paint wall murals and had completed the paintwork by Sunday night.
When staff arrived Monday morning they where greeted with a totally different lunchroom, much to their delight.
These images where taken during that weekend.
Examples of work for Newspapers and Magazines