Icelandic painter, active mainly in Paris, which has been the principal centre of his activity since 1958. He is a leading exponent of Pop art, his most characteristic works being large canvases of densely packed arrays of consumer goods or foodstuffs painted impersonally and mechanistically. Frequently these bear an unsubtle political message. Mao Zedong's Chinese invade havens of Western consumerist comfort or, as in Venus (1975, Neue Galerie‐Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen), the most treasured images of high art. He has also made films and taken part in Happenings.