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  • 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.

    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
    Selected Artworks
    Artist Crisis Center
    2019
    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
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    Elīna Vītola
    Artist Crisis Center
    Installation
    2019

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    Artist Crisis Center was first presented at Low Gallery, Riga in October 2019.

    Open short video interview with Artist Crisis Center.

    The pieces of the installation are also available separately:

    The Table and the Carpet: 2000 EUR
    The greyish sculptural part of the Table is made by Latvian artist Līva Rutmane and given as a gift to the Artist Crisis Center. The object seems to be made out of old books and inside there one can find a vintage pale pink organza scarf.

    The Pillows (two at Kogo Gallery): 900 EUR per piece
    They are made of oil painting (oil on canvas), plywood and foam inside by Elīna Vītola

    The Curtains (four at Kogo Gallery): 2000 EUR per piece
    Oil on canvas 260 x 160 cm, each by Elīna Vītola

    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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