Painter and professor of the Art Academy of Latvia Kaspars Zariņš (1962) stands out in the Latvian art scene as a strong individuality with his unique language of painting formed by a system of personal symbols. For almost two decades, the author’s works show the “main protagonist” of his creative work – Pedant who initially emerged as the artist’s alter ego but later transformed into a brand of the whole creative activity.
This ambiguous and generalised character embodies much more information than may seem at first. Inserted in compositions of bright-coloured fields, the character becomes a narrator in the visual stories of Kaspars Zariņš. Besides, the viewer quickly discovers that Pedant dwells in every one of us.
From April 10 to May 12 the Mūkusala Art Salon offers “Presence”, the latest solo exhibition by Kaspars Zariņš. It seeks to open a new chapter in the artist’s oeuvre and at the same time serves as a present on his 50th birthday. Instead of the usual decorative elements, the works are dominated by monochrome three-dimensional fields of colour with a strong presence of light. Since the artist has abandoned the line and expressive colourful painting, by focusing on realistic environment, a viewer has an opportunity to look at the essential from a different point of view. Kaspars Zariņš remains loyal to his language of symbols, and this exhibition features the well-known main character that has transformed from the generalised Pedant closer to a real human, embodying an individual who has turned away from the world. He is self-sufficient in his solitude and has indulged into contemplation of the fundamental values of life. Kaspars Zariņš tells: “I have changed my way of painting with the new exhibition. It is based on snapshots of life with sense of my presence. The images serve as the keynote for escalation of feelings and emotions.”
The author acquired professional education at Janis Rozentāls’ Riga Art School (1973–1980), the Department of Painting in the Art Academy of Latvia (1980–1986), and has graduated from the master class of Prof. Indulis Zariņš.
Kaspars Zariņš is a regular participant of group exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and in other countries. He has created several monumental paintings in Latvia and beyond. The author’s works are included in the collections of the Artists’ Union of Latvia and the Russian Art Fund, Pharmacy Company in Stockholm, Norrköping Art Museum in Sweden, as well as in private collections in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Sweden.
Diāna Barčevska, April 5, 2012.
Press photo: Kaspars Zariņš. Researcher. 2011. Canvas, oil. 190x170 cm.