My mother, Karólína Lárusdóttir, who has died aged 74, was a printmaker and painter originally from Iceland, but who lived most of her life in the UK, mainly in and around Cambridge.

Karólína’s works are evocative of her childhood in Reykjavik, underpinned by the mystic elements of Icelandic culture. Her grandfather, Johannes Josefsson, an Icelandic wrestling champion who worked as a strongman with Barnum and Bailey’s circus and with the escapologist Harry Houdini, founded Hotel Borg, Reykjavik’s first luxury hotel, in 1930. Many of Karólína’s prints and paintings are populated by the hotel’s clients and workers going about their business.

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