In Soviet art encyclopedias Indulis Zariņš (1929-1997) is characterised as an important realiser of the canonical subjects of Soviet socialist realism, which paved way for his stellar career in institutions at all levels. Nevertheless, shadowing the official in-demand themes was a well-known Indulis Zariņš' “alter ego” painting, in which he excelled through entirely different artistic priorities – as a bright master of tonal painting, exceptional colourist, philosopher and bon vivant. In these works Indulis Zariņš used the means of Belgian and French modernism underlining colour expression.
The exhibition at the Mūkusala Art Salon presents works from the last decade of Indulis Zariņš' life (1980-90), in which the master turns to elegiac travel compositions with symbolic characters and culture-historical city motifs. The exhibition is dedicated to the artist's 85th birthday. It is a continuation of the Mūkusala Art Salon's cycle of exhibitions “The Masters of the 2nd Half of the 20th Century”. Works from the collection of the Mūkusala Art Salon.
Indulis Zariņš was born on June 18, 1929 in Riga, into a family of artisans. From 1941 to 1947 together with family he was in deportation in Tomsk Region, Russian SFSR. He returned to Riga in 1947. Professional education – J.Rozentāls' Riga Secondary Art School (1947-1952), Painting Department at the Art Academy of Latvia (1952 - 1958), where his graduation was supervised by Eduards Kalniņš.
Takes part in exhibitions since 1956. Member of the Artists' Union of Latvia since 1960. He has held more than 20 solo exhibitions throughout the world. Regularly took part in group exhibitions, which number close to 300, and his works have regularly been on display in Italy, Russia, Germany, France, England, Israel, Sweden, Japan, Poland, USA and elsewhere.
His works are in the collections of all the main museums in Latvia and Russia, as well in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and a significant number of private collections throughout the world. He has been awarded many medals, prizes and diplomas, his name is inscribed among the honorary members of the Russian Academy of Art and Royal British Association of Art.
Image: Indulis Zariņš. Carnival. 1995. Oil on canvas. 120.5 x 96.5 cm (Photo: Jānis Pipars)