“The Past Stops Now” is a survey of paintings and drawings from 2008 to 2021 by Peteris Ciemitis
This exhibition deals with the effects of societal and technological change on behaviors and psyches, particularly the part runaway change plays in generating a background anxiety which has become commonplace today. Rather than simply depicting the outward effect of these changes, the works focus on our internal state, and our loss of groundedness.
In March 2020, Peter Ciemitis celebrated winning the second prize in the 2020 Collie Art Prize; a $5,000 prize including an exhibition at the Collie Art Gallery in 2021.
The prize was recently created by the Shire of Collie, after investing in building one the State’s most recent A-Class galleries; the Collie Art Gallery. To match the vision of building a National standard gallery, the Shire went on to create a National Art Prize to go with it. The 2020 Collie Art Prize attracted approximately 400 entries from around Australia, and appointed the highest calibre of national judges to select the winners.
There is no greater honour than to be selected as a prize recipient by an erudite and eminent panel of judges: Carl Altmann MA, Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, and Ted Snell, AM, CitWA.
The Award winners were:
1st Prize ($50,000) Mary-Lynne Stratton for her work ”Ranges around Ross River NT”
Equal 2nd Prize (each $5000 plus complementary exhibitions at the Gallery) WA artist Peteris Ciemitis for his work ‘ES+ID’ and
Queensland artist Brian Robinson for his lino print ‘Bedhan Lag: Land of the Kalwalagal’.
3rd Prize ($4,000) Olga Cironis for her work ‘Breath’
Packers’ Prize Cameron Richards for his work ‘Miss Priya Premkumar’
Congratulations to fellow award and highly commended recipients, and all finalists shortlisted in this major Regionally based and Nationally significant art prize.
Peteris Ciemitis’ OEHLERS’ being viewed at the PAA Exhibition Parliament House,
Parliament House, Canberra, became the scene of an exhibition curated by Portrait Artists Australia, celebrating Australian innovators and achievers. Coinciding with the publication of “The Artists Book – Portrait Artists Australia – Ten Years”, the exhibition surveyed portraiture by leading artists across Australia, and included Peteris Ciemitis’ painting “OEHLERS”, depicting jazz innovator, Jamie Oehlers.
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)
Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis bought a collection of works described by the Sydney Star Observer as “extraordinary and personal portraits” to the Depot II Gallery in Waterloo, Sydney. The exhibition, “Es” (“self” in Latvian) and “Id” (primitive subconscious) aimed to stir ideas of unsettled emotional undercurrents. The exhibition was opened by Nick Vickers (Director of the Alumni Gallery, University of Sydney) opened to a gathered audience of over a hundred attendees.
DEPOT II GALLERY, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, Sydney, NSW