IT MEANS MOTHER NATURE.

AND IT’S TRUE.

Norwegian landscapes in paintings of Valdis Opmanis

Until June 2 the Jaunmokas Palace's Tower Hall will exhibit Valdis Opmanis (1944-2018) works “Norwegian landscapes”. 
            The artist received his education in the Jāns Rozentāls Rīga Art High School and in the Art Academy of Latvia (1963-1968) and participated in exhibits starting from year 1968.  V. Opmanis exhibited his works in exhibitions organised by artist group of Jūrmala on regular basis. His artistic work can be recognised by its pedantic execution and the design of paintings – self-made decorative wooden frames.
            During the period of Art Academy and after graduation he turned to figural painting, portrait, landscape and still life genres. Artist mainly painted flowers, because he admitted that this motif is the closest to his heart. Furthermore, the smaller the blossoms of a flower, the finer panicles of a bent-grass, the harder and more interesting the work. Artist gravitated to the big simplicity, to perfection in one small, narrow genre – flower paintings, keeping in mind the profound traditions of Latvian realistic painting.
            In the search of flowers, artist even travelled to Norway, where he spent more than ten summers, enjoying the crisp mountain air and painting meadow flowers, landscapes and portraits of Scandinavia. 
            V. Opmanis lived and worked creatively in Jūrmala, but summers of last more than ten years he spent in the north of Norway, where he owned a gallery “Galleri Flatset”. Working in oil painting technique, he painted cut flowers both of Latvia and Norway, but in portraits he mainly portrayed fishermen, children and women of northern Norway. Landscapes have been made while living in Norway, close to fiords and getting inspiration from the harsh northern nature. Meeting the descendants of Vikings, during many years he has painted people portraits both in oil and pastel colour techniques. Artist loved to paint fishermen in their work process.
            Artist’s works are in private collections in Latvia, USA, Germany, England, Ireland, Israel, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, France and other. Works that are in the storages of Ministry of Culture of Republic of Latvia, Art Fund and Art Museum in Rīga and Moscow confirm that V. Opmanis used to be one of those artists who belonged to the representatives of “photographic painting”.

In 2021 artist received Jurmala’s Year Award in culture for popularising name and art of Latvia in Norway.

 

 

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