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04.09. - 30.09.2014 Girts Muiznieks "WHITE MONKEY"

04.09. - 30.09.2014

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

"Blue Mandala" 2014, oil on canvas, 205x150


Girts Muiznieks expressive painting is characterized by impulsiveness, improvisation and a refinement of colour. His art is often compared to poetry. Even though his paintings are not alla prima, his exhibitions definitely are; they are born quickly, in one breath.

Girts Muiznieks is convinced that “painting has no content whatsoever, and that’s why it should be perceived emotionally”. For his creative impulse can be anything – women eyes and lips, a lady with a cigarette, accidentally heard sonorous French word or a secret of perfume, an old photo or a porcelain figurine spotted in the window of an antique shop.

WHITE MONKEY is a monkey, who thinks philosophically.

I think in characters rather than drawings. And that should not be repeated. But when I actually start to paint a specific canvas, everything changes. Something good emerges by itself that I haven’t foreseen and then there are hundreds of options and an idea that later on materializes in the finished work – from which next versions follow. Some luck, a good place, some technique – these are ideas that arise in the process of materialization.


Girts Muiznieks’s works in public collections:
Latvian National Museum of Art - Riga, Latvia
Art Museum of the Artists' Union of Latvia – Riga, Latvia
Georgian Museum of Art - Tbilisi, Georgia
European Central Bank – Frankfurt, Germany
State Tretyakov Gallery – Moscow, Russia
Russian Ministry of Culture – Moscow, Russia