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30.07. - 25.08.2015. Paula Zarina "Awerenesses"

30.07. - 25.08.2015

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

"Seventh Awareness" 2015, oil on canvas, 180x160


From July 30 to August 25, Paula Zarina’s solo exhibition “Awerenesses” will be held at Maksla XO gallery. The works were previously displayed at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center within the project: “Four Exhibitions” with Vija Zarina, Kaspars Zarins, Paula Zarina and Marta Zarina-Gelze. (curator Inga Steimane).

Paula Zarina is one of the new generation Latvian painters with already explicit personal style. She is also one of the rare artists in Latvian contemporary art who focuses on landscape. In a realistically poetic manner in which Paula Zarina works in, a painting is not transferred into a copy of nature or a frame of a landscape.  It is rather an eye fixed moment seen in nature – “illusions of landscape” – as the paintress herself has named it.  

Paula Zarina’s paintings attract with their picturesque qualities – sensitive colour scheme and subtle tonal relations. Also, brushstrokes call for attention – it seems as if the paintress has created her works in one breath – in the moment, when she recorded it in nature. In reality, Paula Zarina’s works are about painting as a medium, although landscape is chosen as the central theme.

Ilze Žeivate, 2015.

“Those are magical moments, when in a split of second I see something that is very clear before my eyes until the moment I wink my eyes , and this apprehension of immeasurability, perfection and even happiness has vanished. It is momentary awareness of fulfilment which vanishes equally momentarily”- Paula Zarina, 2015.

Paula Zarina (1988) has graduated from the Department of Painting of the Art Academy of Latvia and has obtained Master’s degree (2013). In 2008, she began to participate at exhibitions and has held 3 solo shows and took part in several group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. Illustrated Benno Poplianski’s poetry book “Mad life” (2014) and the music album of the band "The Sound Poets".