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14.03. - 08.04.2019 IMANTS VECOZOLS "Other Times"

14.03. - 08.04.2019

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

Still Life with Aubergine. 2018, mix media on canvas, 60x70cm


Other Times

Imants Vecozols

“Light is the only secret of painting. Light is the only passing and elusive phenomenon. It is a sort of monumentality. The feeling of independence. I see the idea of eternity there” - Imants Vecozols.

In Latvian art, the name of painter Imants Vecozols is associated with unparalleled “white” still life paintings, which are the seekers of absolute light and objective beauty, the expression of inner peace and harmony, where everything is subjected to a leisurely, quiet, uninterrupted and orderly passage. However, parallel to this sanctuary of light, Imants Vecozols’ sight is always up to date with the relationships of realistic space and time, which in the painted domestic scenes, portraits and objects concentrate the symbol of our time.
The latest Imants Vecozols’ solo show “Other Times” is an accumulated testimony of nowadays, which opposes the black and the white, the darkness and the light, the anxious and expressive everyday life and the quest for peace. The mental and the spiritual. Painterly and tonal painting, and paper collage facet and shape deformation. (Ilze Zeivate)

The Latvian painting classic and grand master of still life Imants Vecozols was born on 22nd July, 1933, in Ziveni, Madona district, Liezere parish, Latvia. In 1960, he graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia, studied at the class of Konrads Ubans. Since 1956, participating at exhibitions, organized 39 solo shows and participated in more than 60 group shows in Latvia and abroad. Imants Vecozols is the Professor Emeritus of the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of the Three Stars of the 4th class.
Imants Vecozols’ works are in public collections – Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga / Latvia), Artists’ Union of  Latvia Art Collection (Riga / Latvia), Tukums Museum of Art (Tukums / Latvia), M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum (Kaunas / Lithuania), Ludwig Museum (Aachen / Germany), Royal Academy Museum (London, United Kingdom), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow / Russia), Russian Arts Foundation (Moscow / Russia), Art Association The Union of Russian Artists’ collection (Moscow / Russia), the Peterson Collection of Contemporary Realist Art (New York / USA), Latvian Bank (Riga / Latvia), Swedbank Contemporary Art Collection (Riga / Latvia).