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
Artists: Miriam Gardiner, Del Hemingway, Debbie Oakley and Jillian Ciemitis
Jillian Ciemitis was one of four Western Australian artists to collectively present a body of work exploring the tension between the concepts of nature vs nurture in a group exhibition ‘Alitura’. Held at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery throughout July. The exhibition also included artists Debbie Oakley, Miriam Gardiner and Delrene Hemingway.
© ‘Are We Not Drawn Onward to a New Era’ 2013 ink on paper Peteris Ciemitis
“Penumbra” (the in-between shadow and light) became the core theme for artists Peteris Ciemitis, Maris Raudzins, Maija Medinis, Gabrielle Mazalevskis and Len Zuks at a joint exhibition at Heathcote Museum and Gallery in April. Curated by Olimpia Cullity, the exhibition dealt with the idea of cultural and spatial displacement in contemporary society. A keynote of the event was also an artist talk by Peteris Ciemitis on “Creativity in Confirmed Spaces”.
Arbus referenced in the palindromic “are we not drawn onward to a new era?”, by Peteris Ciemitis, exhibited in “Penumbra”.
Jillian Ciemitis receives award from City of Swan, Mayor Charlie Zannino
Jillian Ciemitis received the Western Australian Print Makers Association Excellence Award for her hand printed screen print “Exterieur Interieur”. The work was the outcome of her 2011 photographic exploration of the Louvre, Paris and was regarded as a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional themes and forms.
Mountaineer Patrick Hollingworth with painting
“Portrait of a Man as if he Were Air”
September 16 – 26, 2011
During his successful 2010 climb of Mount Everest, mountaineer and scientist, Patrick Hollingworth provided daily updates to his website with great honesty and candour. His willingness during the climb to openly discuss his previous experiences with depression, and the subsequent raising of awareness for men’s health issues, contributed to Patrick’s expedition being widely followed.
One year later, Patrick once again entered the unfamiliar terrain of public attention when his painted likeness; “Portrait of a Man as if he Were Air” by Peteris Ciemitis was announced a finalist in the prestigious Black Swan Portrait Prize.
“In the painting, there are obvious expressions of self doubt, resolve and strength. But the image also is layered with ideas of the mountain, of death on the mountain, of ice, of life and biology, of lines of thought and intellect. Mostly it is about conditions; the constant flux of the environment, the light, cold and fury within which one becomes subsumed as if one were part of it … as if one were just air.”
The Black Swan Prize
Perth Town Hall, Perth, Australia
A print survey by Edith Cowan University at Moores Gallery in Fremantle has challenged questions of what printmaking might be through investigations across a wide range of traditional and non-traditional approaches. Works including those by Jillian Ciemitis, formed part of a special feature of the exhibition; – the “Global Echo” will concurrently exhibit a collected survey of selected printmakers in international venues including New York, Karachi, Sheffield, Lancashire and Utah.
© ‘Making Sense of Place #4’ 2007 watercolour on paper Peteris Ciemitis
A portrait of the late Professor George Seddon (entitled “Making Sense of Place #4”) by Perth based artist Peteris Ciemitis has been accepted as a gift to the National Portrait Gallery by it’s owner, his widow Marli Wallace … who said Seddon would have been very pleased and quietly proud of the gift. “It will ensure it is on display for all to see. I have been privileged to mind it for a while.”
(excerpt from Artist’s Chronicle, Issue 136 Jan/Feb 2011)