Inga Bruvere

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The coexistence of illusion and reality

Inga Bruvere was born in 1963 in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Art and lives and works in Riga. She is a painter who plays with time, illusion and reality in her work. She has exhibited extensively in the Baltic States with several solo exhibitions in Latvia and Lithuania and numerous group exhibitions in Riga. She has participated in international painting symposia in the Baltics and artists’ workshops elsewhere in Europe.
‘The language of Inga’s paintings relates to her essential insight into the truthfulness of our perception.’ (Maria Traumane)

Latvian painter, Inga Bruvere was born in Riga in 1963. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Art (Department of Monumental Painting) from 1985 to 1991 and received an MA in 2003. She lives and works in Riga.

A painter who often works on a large scale, Bruvere is interested in signs, illusions, trompe l’oeil effects and playing with reality. Critic Mara Traumane explores this theme in a recent catalogue article. ‘Illusion is a long-term concern of the painter Inga Bruvere. The transposition of reality impressions, spatial forms and the passage of time to the surface of canvas and colours can be associated with a sort of alchemy that transforms the nature of everyday phenomena. The varied language of contemporary painting seems especially suitable for the study of illusions.’

Inga Bruvere has exhibited extensively in the Baltic States with several solo exhibitions in Latvia and Lithuania since 1995 and a solo exhibition at Stadthausgalerie Muenster in Germany. Her work has been included in a large number of group exhibitions in Latvia, as well as a group show in the USA. She has been a regular participant at international painting symposia in Latvia and Lithuania. In 1996-97 she worked at the Cité Internationale des Arts studios in Paris and has also attended a symposium for young artists in Europe in Sweden.

In 2002 she was invited to participate in the Braziers International Artists Workshop at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, England. Here she worked outside the studio and made a temporary environmental work ‘Tea Time’, placing 30 painted tea cups on the surface of a pond.

Critic Anita Vanaga describes the work: ‘Inga Bruvere sees the situation of timelessness in the architecture of an Oxfordshire garden with standing water … Plants which enjoy the green tranquillity of still water form a dense, opaque layer, seeming stability, sense of security – time has condensed into matter. One can step into standing water as many times as one likes. And mirror oneself inwards. The painter emphasises this situation by the use of tea cups that are painted in the opposite colour of the water surface and evoke associations with the flowering of water lilies. … The creative time of ‘Tea Time’ is timelessness. The creative time becomes so intense and dense that one feels no time any more. Time is cancelled. Time does not exist.’

Other paintings incorporate constructed images, often with text, using grid-like structures and coloured blocks to create kaleidoscope pictures. These canvases, with acrylics and coloured pencil, display a rigorous attention to space, colour sequencing and interplay of opposite forms and colours and aim to tease the viewer’s perceptions of illusion and reality.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Inga Bruvere was born in 1963 in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Art (Department of Monumental Painting), graduating in 1991 and gaining an MA in 2003. She continues to live and work in Riga. Bruvere is a painter who plays with illusion and reality on her canvases. She has exhibited extensively in the Baltic States with several solo exhibitions in Latvia and Lithuania and numerous group exhibitions in Riga. She has participated in international painting symposia in the Baltics as well as several workshops elsewhere in Europe.

Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition / Installation,
2005
2004 ´True Colour...´, Artists´ Union of Latvia Gallery, Riga / Latvia 2003 ´Labyrinth´ (together with I.Iltnere, G. Sietins, L. Laganovskis, G. Pantelejevs), Gallery 2003 ´Vartai´, Vilnius / Lithuania 2003 ´Positionen zur Malerei XVI´, ´Kaleidoscope´, Muenster City Gallery, Muenster / Germany 2003 Stadthausgalerie, Muenster, Germany; Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania 2003 ´Kaleidoscope´, Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia 1999 ´Tandem´, Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia; M K Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 1997 ´Repetition´, Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia 1995 Gallery M6, Riga, Latvia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia KfW, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Airline company airBaltic, Riga, Latvia Pedvale Open Air Museum, Pedvale, Latvia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2004 The 12th Vilnius painting triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius / Lithuania 2003 ´Abstractionism in Latvia´, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia 2002 Latvian art exhibition, MK Ciurlionis National Museum of Art , Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2002 ´Autumn 2002´, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia 2001 ´Interim´, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia 2001 ´Colour´, Rigal Gallery, Riga, Latvia 2000 ´Only the Sea´, Agija Suna Gallery, Riga, Latvia 2000 ´Baltic Art: Contemporary paintings and sculptures´, National Arts Club, New York; International Monetary Fund Arts Society, Washington DC, USA 1999 ´Small Form Paintings´, Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia 1998 2nd Universal Latvian Art Exhibition, ´Landscape´, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Merits

RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS & SYMPOSIA
2002 Braziers International Artists Workshop, Oxfordshire, England
2001 International Painting Symposium ´Fire´, Pedvale, Latvia
2000 International Painting Symposium ´Soutine´s Days´, Vilnius, Lithuania
2000 Symposium ´Painters and Porcelain´, Zvartava, Latvia
1999 International Painting symposium, ´Soutine´s Days´, Vilnius, Lithuania
1998 5th International Painting Symposium, Kaunas, Lithuania
1997 Symposium for Young Artists in Europe, Vasternorrland, Sweden
1996-97 Cite Internationale des Arts workshop, Paris, France
1995 Painting Symposium, Pedvale, Latvia

AWARDS
2002-03 Award of Cultural Foundation of Latvia
2001 Prize: visual arts competition of airline AirBaltic and the Artists´ Union of Latvia

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Braziers Workshop 2002

(11 August 02 - 27 August 02)
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