‘Disquiet’ Opens at Gadfly Gallery

Exhibitions, painting, peteris ciemitis, portraits, Uncategorized

gadfly-disquiet

October 22 – November 7, 2010

Executive Director of Artrinsic Inc. Tina Wilson, opened a new solo exhibition by Peteris Ciemitis, ‘Disquiet’, to a packed gallery at Gadfly in Perth.  Paired with a concurrent exhibition (‘Menagerie’ by Esther Erlich), the exhibition ‘Disquiet’ presents samplings of work by Peteris Ciemitis over the past 18 months.  The images in the exhibition circle around ephemerality, tension, transience and resolution.

Peteris Ciemitis presented a one hour artist talk at Gadfly Gallery 6pm November 4, 2010

 

 

Peteris Ciemitis is awarded Black Swan Portrait Prize 2010

Awards and Prizes, Black Swan Portrait Prize, painting, peteris ciemitis, portraits, Uncategorized
© 'Archer' 2010 acrylic on linen Peteris Ciemitis

© ‘Archer’ 2010 acrylic on linen Peteris Ciemitis

September 23, 2010

Peteris Ciemitis has received the Black Swan Prize for his portrait of Australian performer, festival director and arts advocate Robyn Archer.  Judges comprised Artrinsic Board Member, Carl Altmann; former Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), Helen Cook and Director of the AGWA, Stefano Carboni, who remarked: “The colours are subtle while the finer details are suggestive of the underlying structure of the sitter’s features.  In addition, there is that delightful essential which is the assured ability to draw.  It was Michelangelo who maintained that before one could paint, one must be able to draw, which means that the artist has to be skilled in observation and engagement with the sitter.  The painting invites the viewer to come in close as though to examine the landscape of the face.”

The 2010 Black Swan Prize drew extensive National entries, and hung 42 finalists reflecting work by leading artists from each State.  In recognition of its rapid ascent, the Prize was also the subject of a documentary production.

View an excerpt from the documentary here:

 

 

 

 

Exhibition “es + id”

jillian ciemitis, national exhibitions, painting, peteris ciemitis, photography, Uncategorized

es.idcopy.

March 16 – 26, 2010

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

 

 

Artist in Residence – Blues Club Mardis Gras

artist residency, painting, peteris ciemitis, Uncategorized
mardis gras sketchbook
Lucky Oceans from the Mardi Gras Sketchbook, watercolour by Peteris Ciemitis

February 27, 2010

Invited again by the Perth Blues Club to be Artist in Residence for their annual New Orleans style Mardi Gras, Peteris Ciemitis has produced a ‘sketchbook’ of images from the event. Drawn plein air of live, vibrant performances, the images represent an evolving body of work recording the evolution of Perth’s pre-eminent blues festival.

 

 

 

Exhibition “Displacement and Belonging”

Exhibitions, jillian ciemitis, Latvian exhibitions, painting, peteris ciemitis, photography, Uncategorized
Displacement and Belonging photo by Jillian Ciemitis
photograph by Jillian Ciemitis

December 5, 2009

The exhibition, “Displacement and Belonging” opened by Diana Warnock on December 5, features work by Peteris Ciemitis, Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen, Selga Esots, Indra Geidans, Maija Kins, Garielle Mazalevskis, Maris Raudzins, Lolita Skye-Lark, Arvids Sodums and Len Zuks.  “Critically acclaimed for his luminous portraits, (Ciemitis) also showed landscapes on paper” (Lyn DeCiero, Artists Chronicle, Issue No 130)

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle

December 5 to December 18, 2009.  Daily: 10am to 5pm

 

 

Grabowsky portrait arrives at the Ellington Jazz Club

Archibald Prize, Ellington Jazz Club, painting, peteris ciemitis, Uncategorized

May 29, 2009

Following a year long tour of Victoria and New South Wales as part of the Archibald 2008 exhibition, Peteris Ciemitis’ painting ‘GRABOWSKY’  arrived in Western Australia, to take up residence at the Ellington Jazz Club.

On hand to receive the painting into its new home was the work’s subject, Paul Grabowsky (coincidently touring in Perth at the time), and Ellington owner, Graham Wood.

The painting is on loan to the Ellington, and can be seen hanging upstairs at the  Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street, Perth Western Australia http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au.

 

 

 

Australian Latvian Artists

Exhibitions, Latvian exhibitions, painting, Uncategorized
1.left to right: Dagnija Greste, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg,   2.assembled artists at ALMA Book Launch, Customs House, Sydney
Imants Tillers, Isodore Tillers, Peteris Ciemitis
(photograph courtesy Vija Spogis-Erdmanis)

December 27, 2008

A comprehensive 256 page book surveying Latvian artists in Australia, was launched on December 27, 2008 by the former President of Latvia, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg, at Customs House, Sydney, Australia.

This is a comprehensive collection of works by Latvian artists in Australia.  It lists 103 artists who are either post-war immigrants or descendants of immigrants and includeds biographies and first-person statements.

The text is in English and Latvian and has essays on Latvian culture in Australia.  The artists’ statements and the stories of cultural resettlement alongside the images add an illuminating dimension.

The most well-known artist here is Imants Tillers but works by Uldis Abolins, Peteris Ciemitis, Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen and Peter Dombrovskis also impress.’ Marc McEvoy, Brisbane Times, January 20, 2009.

The book launch was accompanied by an invited exhibition of work (“AL52KD”) by many of the artists surveyed in the publication.  The exhibition, curated by Andra Krumins, featured work by Peteris Ciemitis, Harijs Piekalns, Janis Nedala and Imants Tillers.