Making Sense of Place – The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Exhibitions, national exhibitions, painting, peteris ciemitis, portraits, Uncategorized
© 'Making Sense of Place #4' 2007 watercolour on paper Peteris Ciemitis

© ‘Making Sense of Place #4’ 2007 watercolour on paper Peteris Ciemitis

March, 2011

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)

 

‘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:

 

 

 

 

Solo Exhibition “Tide”

Exhibitions, jillian ciemitis, photography, portraits, Uncategorized
sax photo 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.