From 9 June to 23 July the Mūkusala Art Salon presents the latest works of classics of Latvian art Inta Celmiņa (1946) and Edvards Grūbe (1935) as well as their works from the collection of the Mūkusala Art Salon in the exhibition Paintings.
In their creative work both artists continue to investigate the possibilities of the language of colour, attesting to classical values of painting. Being close to each other yet inhabiting different fields of exploration, Celmiņa and Grūbe demonstrate painterly freedom through laconic means of expression. Made in tonally related brushstrokes, their compositions are full of energy and force of nuanced experience. In the works of Celmiņa, brushstrokes invoke the imagery of darkness / light. With a handful of lines and fields of colour Grūbe expresses full bursts of emotion, fleeting states of mind, where air and the elements are simultaneously a theme and a symbol.
The authors on the creation of their works: "The paintings were created in the same studio. The basis of our work is a common understanding of the tasks of painting – on the positive influence of art on the viewer, and colour as the main means of expression. The differences arise from our distinct characters and choice of motifs. Edvards' free monumental compositions with openings of space and the elements of air and Inta's currents of light and darkness in the themes of nature and music."
Inta Celmiņa: "Having worked in the field of painting my entire life, I have arrived at the conclusion that the painterly form cannot be expressed in words. Titles and literary explanations do not reveal the idea because it resides in emotions, currents and flashes and perhaps cannot even be found that easily. One has to know how to look at painting, one has to perceive its currents and find a correspondence to one's own feelings. There are many ways not to see or understand something, to pass by, and yet how many riches are in this field, how many centuries paintings find their audience and give pleasure! And it is not the subject or the events of the era that move us, but human emotions, struggles and ideals in this era."
Edvards Grūbe: “Having studied the craft of painting and understanding its specifics, I have come to the conclusion that the work's idea has to be such that can only be expressed with painterly means. Therefore, my paintings neither tell stories, illustrate nor directly represent nature. The aim of my work is, discarding all that is superficial, to achieve an expressive representation of my emotions using effective and laconic means."
To coincide with the exhibition, Neputns Publishers will release an album of Inta Celmiņa's works.
Curator of the Exhibition: Diāna Barčevska
Edvards Grūbe. The Elements. 2014. Oil on canvas. 195 x 130 cm. Property of the artist.
Inta Celmiņa. Homage. 2016. Oil on canvas. 130 x 89 cm. Property of the artist.