Elīna Vītola

Biography

Elīna Vītola (born 1986) studied painting in Riga, where she currently lives and works.

Painting, the picturesque and the points where they connect with everyday triviality are central issues in the oeuvre of Vītola. Her works are cheerful, curious, funny, visually challenging and play with Painting in the most diverse situations. The artist approaches colours, painting and painted objects in a conceptual way, posing humorous questions about its subject matter, technique and material. So in the exhibition space she presents a series of similar paintings depicting floor lamps, a nostalgic coffee thermos design and a page from a children’s book published in the Soviet era, on the last two of which she has discovered a vague abstract painting.

In her CV, Vītola had chosen to point out that she is interested in art and canned fruits — this phrase could be taken as a key handed to the viewer to unlock her works.

Selected Artworks
Dunno on The Moon
2017-2018
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction
2018
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 6: Crapstraction. The First One.
2018
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Agenskalns (Riga).
2017
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Simferopol.
2017
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Purvciems (Riga).
2017
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Dresden.
2017
Common Issues In Painting and Every-day Life 4
2016
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 4
2016
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 4
2016
Eight Out of Ten Floor Lamps 2/10-9/10
2015
Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life 5
2018
CV

Elīna Vītola (1986) lives and works in Riga, Latvia.

Education

2018 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting (MA)
2015 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting (BA)
2006 Janis Rozentals Riga Art High School, qualification Illustrator

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life: Content, Careva contemporary, Riga, Latvia
2018 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life: Crapstraction, Kogo gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2017 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life 3 — Landscape, Kolekcionārs, Riga, Latvia
2017 Dunno on the moon, 427 Gallery, Riga, Latvia
2013 no/birches/inside/me Vol.2, Kuupmeetri Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Group Exhibitions

2018 Viewing and Reading Room, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2018 MA graduation exhibition, Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2017 Children of the New East, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 Bikini Zona, Jūrmala City Museum, Jūrmala, Latvia
2016 Too Far East is West, Alūksne, Latvia
2015 Apzīmētājs, Tobacco factory, Riga, Latvia
2013 Elīna+Madara 0123456789, Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2012 Warning, Gallery L, Riga, Latvia

Prizes

2018 Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award, Grand Prix
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Elīna Vītola
Dunno on The Moon
Mural on the wall in acrylic ink, industrial alcyd on canvas panel
2017-2018

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Bored as he was, Dunno often watched at the painting on 
the wall with the weird ticks and scrawls, and tried to 
understand what the painting shows.

“My dear brother, don’t look at the picture so much,” Kozlik advised him. “Don’t try to rack your brain. It is impossible to understand it. All painters paint like that only because the rich people buy such paintings only. One draws such ticks, the other paints incomprehensible curves, and some just put a liquid paint in a bowl and throw it in the middle of the canvas creating an absurd and weird spot. You just look at the spot and don’t get anything. It is just rubbish! But the rich stare at it and praise. “We, say, don’t even need the painting to be comprehensible. We don’t want an artist to teach us something. The rich get everything without the artist, but the poor doesn’t need to understand anything. That’s why they are poor not to understand anything and live in obscurantism.” See how he talks! …”

Nikolay Nossov. Dunno on the Moon. 1965.

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Agenskalns (Riga).
Industrial paint on canvas
55 x 90 cm
2017

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Simferopol.
Industrial paint on canvas
55 x 90 cm
2017

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Purvciems (Riga).
Industrial paint on canvas
130 x 81 cm
2017

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 3 – Landscape. Dresden.
Industrial paint on canvas
130 x 78,5 cm
2017

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues In Painting and Every-day Life 4
Acrylic and watercolor on canvas
160 x 120 cm
2016

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 4
Acrylic on canvas
82 x 82 cm
2016

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Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Every-day Life 4
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 75 cm
2016

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Elīna Vītola
Eight Out of Ten Floor Lamps 2/10-9/10
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
2015

In private collection

Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life 5
Installation: sofa, rolled up painting, oil on canvas
210 × 2000 cm
2018

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