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
© ‘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)
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
© ‘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:
© ‘Bella’ photograph Jillian Ciemitis
November 6, 2009
Max Pam opened the graduate photomedia exhibition at Spectrum Project Space, Highgate on November 6, 2009. Covering a range of contemporary photomedia, the exhibition featured recent photographs, including ‘Bella” by Jillian Ciemitis.
© ‘Sax’ photograph Jillian Ciemitis
January 22, 2009
Jillian Ciemitis’ first solo exhibition broke attendance records for the Ellis House Gallery in Bayswater, Western Australia. Cited as “being reminiscent of a contemporary Decarava” (Andrei Buters, Perth Voice, 24/01/09), the work attracted extensive aclaim and interest.
The exhibition presented contemplative black and white narratives, counterpointed with reflective images of world renowned Jazz saxophonist Troy Roberts and blues legend Matt Taylor.