Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton Western Australia
The Past Stops Now … well, not quite yet for this retrospective exhibition.
Shown at the Collie Art Gallery in May, “The Past Stops Now” exhibition has opened at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery for a further run in October 2021. With a few tweaks and changes, this retrospective of Peteris Ciemitis’ work over the past 12 years is one of the gallery’s feature exhibitions throughout October, alongside IOTA21 (the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial).
The Past Stops Now deals with three themes; Heads, Anxiety and Place. All are explored as it they were subjects of portraiture, from the Albert Tucker/Joy Hester referenced examinations of ‘Future Shock’ anxiety, to the floating, placeless depictions of trees and land.
Over 200 guests attended the opening night (Friday 1 October) which was officiated by City of Geraldton Councillor Steve Douglas and Gallery Coordinator Marina Baker. Dozens of guests also attended the artists talk by Peteris Ciemitis the following day as part of the Big Sky festival.
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’, and 3rd Prize ($4,000) Olga Cironis for her work ‘Breath’
Congratulations to fellow award and highly commended recipients, and all finalists shortlisted in this major Regionally based and Nationally significant art prize.
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.
Peteris Ciemitis has received the Black Swan/Rapids Landing Prize for Portraiture, presented at the Margaret River Wine Festival at Leewin, Western Australia. The winning painting presents an intensely introspective examination of internationally renowned blues musician, Dave Hole.
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.