21 September to 7 October 2018
The Latvian word kopā means ‘together’, or ‘in unison’. So it was fitting that participating artists Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis jointly produced a body of work for a show with that same name; “Kopā” – an exhibition of art by Baltic-Australian artists.
Taking out an entire upstairs gallery at Moores Contemporary Art Gallery in Fremantle Australia, Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis have a joint showing that explores the fading ripples of the post-war diaspora that fled northern Europe in 1948.
Jillian Ciemitis’ series “Occupation” is a dark ‘noir’ exploration of the impact of Soviet occupation of Latvia, both in terms of physical trauma and displacement, as well as the echoes of psychological impact. These dark images are counterpointed by a contemporary constructed memory of Latvian culture in “Kokle”.
Peteris Ciemitis examines the relationship between a ‘Latvian self’ and the willful subconscious identity in “ES+ID”. These themes are touched on further a series of pen and ink sketches the “Portret” series, which amongst other things, features one of the working drawings of Peter Greste (- a sketch that was undertaken following a sitting with Greste which led to a series of major paintings that now have a variety of homes, from the offices of Amnesity International in Sydney, to the Qiajiang International Museum of Art in China).
10 – 19 August 2018
Jillian Ciemitis digital print Indigo is currently on show at the Moores Gallery, Fremantle as part of the Contemporary Print Media Awards 2018, Print Association of Western Australia. Featuring an array of beautiful prints from West Australian print makers.
Jillian and Peteris were delighted to open their urban studio in November to the Friends of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Amidst a balmy Perth day, over 30 art lovers scaled the ‘ladder’ to the two formal studio spaces, and enjoyed artist talks, a leisurely wine and an art chat under the leaves in the artists’ “secret garden”.
Sincere thanks to Jeffry Campbell, Pauline Faulds and Catherine McCloy from Friends of Lawrence Wilson Gallery for their consummate professionalism and efficiency in organising the event. The “Friends” are an integral part of the prestigious Lawrence Wilson Gallery of the University of Western Australia, and provide support for its activities, ranging from the acquisition of new works to providing artistic and technical facilities.
Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis participated for the fourth time in the (18th) Japan International Art Exchange Exhibition at Japan Tougane Bunkakaikan, Tokyo.
The regular exhibition explores diverse forms of painting and calligraphic works from around the world.
“ARTISTS OF PERTH” launched tonight by @PremiumPublishing attended by a who’s who of the left coast artist community. Great project and great opening by @GabbiMills
A new book by Gabi Mills & Lisa Shearon profiling leading artists in Perth, Western Australia was launched in the West Perth Art District, December 2017.
Produced by boutique Perth publishers, Premium Publishers, “Artists of Perth” is the second publication showcasing artists in Western Australia. Following on from the award winning “Artists of the Margaret River Region”, this book showcases just over sixty artists from the Perth region, and features Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis in their studio.
- Aspects of Kings Park
- Art Gallery of Western Australia
- Oxford St Books
- Saga Bookshop
- New Edition Bookshop
- Dymocks – Garden City
- Diabolik Bookshop
Jillian Ciemitis and Peter Ciemitis both participated in the inaugural Culture and Arts Festival in Sivsagar in February 2018, along with Vittorio Tonon, Maria Balea, Tone White, Maneswar Brahmaand our Arts overseer, Utpal Barua.
As well as a host of international visual artists, the four day festival featured a vast array of musicians, dancers and performers (including the Deputy Commissioner, Narayan Konwar).
Peteris Ciemitis proudly formed part of the line-up of the State’s leading portrait artists in the “Skin Deep” exhibition opening at Moore’s Gallery Friday 9 March 2018.
‘Skin Deep 2018’ was the fourth annual exhibition by the WA Portrait Artists Association which comprised over fifty portraits by the fourteen participating artists whose work ranges from small to very large, from photorealism to expressive interpretations. The exhibition presented a diverse range of concepts and techniques representing contemporary portraiture at its very best.
This year, the exhibition also included a secret room; “Hidden”. What was there?
photography by Jillian Ciemitis
May 2018, Brookfield Place, Perth WA
Described as a ‘tour de force’ by Arts editor William Yeoman in the Weekend West newspaper, the Planners Exhibition “Painting the Town 2” not only added a unique event to WA’s cultural calendar, but also an inimitable counterpoint to the 2018 National Planning Institute Congress in Perth.
Led by Peteris Ciemitis, a passionate working group of artists, planners and administrators pulled together an art exhibition featuring 26 artists who also happened to be current or past practitioners in the Planning profession. Officially opened on by the Hon Mr John Carey MLA, (Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of Western Australia) in front of an audience of 100 VIPs, the exhibition reprised a similar event first held in 2007 for the previous PIA Congress in Perth.
Curated by Judy Rogers, audiences saw over sixty works ranging from paintings on canvas, photography and even a surfboard.
September 2018, Dhaka Bangladesh
Currently, one third of the world’s Biennales take place in Asia, with the first being the Tokyo Biennale in 1952. However, it is the Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh, a breakaway in 1981, that remains the oldest in the region, now in being held for the 18th time. Its also a Biennale in which Australia has had patchy presence. Until now.
The Australian artists to be included in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh are west-coasters Jillian Ciemitis, Peteris Ciemitis, Judy Rogers and Monique Tippett.
The Biennale is based in the National Art Gallery, Dhaka and opens with official formalities on September 1, followed by two days of Symposia exploring the topics of “Between Art and Narratives” and “Pedagogy and Promotion”.
20 May – 4 June 2018
Jillian was delighted to be part of the Printmakers Assoc of WA ‘Press Gang’ exhibition at Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda.
A celebration of West Australian contemporary printmaking at it’s finest.