21 September to 7 October 2018
The Latvian word kopā means ‘together’, or ‘in unison’. So it was fitting that participating artists Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis jointly produced a body of work for a show with that same name; “Kopā” – an exhibition of art by Baltic-Australian artists.
Taking out an entire upstairs gallery at Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle Australia, Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis have a joint showing that explores the fading ripples of the post-war diaspora that fled northern Europe in 1948.
Jillian Ciemitis’ series “Occupation” is a dark ‘noir’ exploration of the impact of Soviet occupation of Latvia, both in terms of physical trauma and displacement, as well as the echoes of psychological impact. These dark images are counterpointed by a contemporary constructed memory of Latvian culture in “Kokle”.
Peteris Ciemitis examines the relationship between a ‘Latvian self’ and the willful subconscious identity in “ES+ID”. These themes are touched on further a series of pen and ink sketches the “Portret” series, which amongst other things, features one of the working drawings of Peter Greste (- a sketch that was undertaken following a sitting with Greste which led to a series of major paintings that now have a variety of homes, from the offices of Amnesity International in Sydney, to the Qiajiang International Museum of Art in China).
Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis participated for the fourth time in the (18th) Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at Japan Tougane Bunkakaikan, Tokyo.
The regular exhibition explores diverse forms of painting and calligraphic works from around the world.
Jillian Ciemitis and Peter Ciemitis both participated in the inaugural Culture and Arts Festival in Sivsagar in February 2018, along with Vittorio Tonon, Maria Balea, Tone White, Maneswar Brahmaand our Arts overseer, Utpal Barua.
As well as a host of international visual artists, the four day festival featured a vast array of musicians, dancers and performers (including the Deputy Commissioner, Narayan Konwar).
Peteris Ciemitis proudly formed part of the line-up of the State’s leading portrait artists in the “Skin Deep” exhibition opening at Moore’s Gallery Friday 9 March 2018.
‘Skin Deep 2018’ was the fourth annual exhibition by the WA Portrait Artists Association which comprised over fifty portraits by the fourteen participating artists whose work ranges from small to very large, from photorealism to expressive interpretations. The exhibition presented a diverse range of concepts and techniques representing contemporary portraiture at its very best.
This year, the exhibition also included a secret room; “Hidden”. What was there?
September 2018, Dhaka Bangladesh
Currently, one third of the world’s Biennales take place in Asia, with the first being the Tokyo Biennale in 1952. However, it is the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh, a breakaway in 1981, that remains the oldest in the region, now in being held for the 18th time. Its also a Biennale in which Australia has had patchy presence. Until now.
The Australian artists to be included in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh are west-coasters Jillian Ciemitis, Peteris Ciemitis, Judy Rogers and Monique Tippett.
The Biennale is based in the National Art Gallery, Dhaka and opens with official formalities on September 1, followed by two days of Symposia exploring the topics of “Between Art and Narratives” and “Pedagogy and Promotion”.
20 May – 4 June 2018
Jillian was delighted to be part of the Printmakers Assoc of WA ‘Press Gang’ exhibition at Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda.
A celebration of West Australian contemporary printmaking at it’s finest.
15 September – 15 October 2017
A Survey of Contemporary Western Australian Printmaking
Jillian Ciemitis screen print Pinnacle was on show at the Mundaring Arts Centre as part of the 26 S 121 E On the Map a Survey of Contemporary West Australian Printmaking. Featuring the work of 35 West Australian printmakers. Curated by Laura A Taylor.
Jillian Ciemitis was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award with her screen print ‘Treasury’. The Award is Australia’s richest and most prestigious print award, which celebrated 41 years of presenting the best in printmaking from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.
Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis are both participating in the 15th International Calligraphy and Painting Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Organised by Kokusai Shoga Koryukai, the exhibition opens Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
In September 2015, Peteris Ciemitis was invited to represent Australia in the “Silk Journey to Art” world tour exhibition at the China Millennium Monument in Beijing. The exhibition featured three major pieces of his works, along with over 30 other international artists to provide an overview of global arts perspectives. Amongst the many events, participating artists spoke at an exhibition conference and provided a precis of their art praxis to a gathered audience of eminent artists, curators and critics.
Peteris Ciemitis presents a praxi overview at the China Millenium Monument, Beijing