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There was the colour Red. It was full of light and life. But there was a sense of sadness as well. And beauty for sure. And intimacy

There was the colour Red. It was full of light and life. But there was a sense of sadness as well. And beauty for sure. And intimacy

Watercolour, gel pen on paper, wooden frame, glass
28 × 24 × 2.5 cm
2022
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Introduction

Work from the series Is There Any Light and Colour Left?

During lockdown, Kristi Kongi spent a lot of time in her studio in a relatively safe space compared to other people around the world. Almost unconsciously she started to look up at the sky through her studio windows. There she found the space we all share regardless of our geographical location and political, economic or social situation. Kongi started to paint watercolours, which can be seen as diary entries made during the pandemic. These works are like modern versions of Très Riches Heures, the famous 15th century book of hours, piece by piece revealing the troubled world we now inhabit.

The series of watercolours Is There Any Light and Colour Left? began in 2020 and was first shown in the Kogo Gallery exhibition Time to Dream or Fear? and next in the Tallinn Art Hall exhibition … and Other Shades of Light in 2021/22.
On June 13-19, 2022, a selection of works from the series Is There Any Light and Colour Left? (2020–2022) are included in the Kogo Gallery project (E)Motional Landscapes together with artists Kristi Kongi and Laura Põld in Liste Art Fair Basel.

About the artist

Kristi Kongi (born 1985) is a painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light, and space. Her bright coloured paintings often take the form of impressive installations made for specific settings creating effect that Estonian art critic Elnara Taidre described as “painting within a painting” or meta-painting. Besides painting on canvas, walls, floors and ceilings, she also uses various coloured materials such as fabric, plywood and acrylic plastic to create her installations. Her works are based on specific or imagined places, and her observations, emotions and memories. Kristi Kongi is using thorough research and experiments in painting where she trials various colours, light and shade. Artist refers to these experiments as “Exercises with the moon”. Her work is both poetic – this is also expressed in the titles – as well as systematic and analytical.

Kristi Kongi studied painting at Tartu Art College (2004–2008) and completed her master’s degree in painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2008–2011). She has been awarded the Young Artist Prize (2011), Sadolin Art Award (2013), Konrad Mägi Prize (2017), Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2021) and in 2016 was nominated for the Köler Prize. Kristi Kongi is an associate professor in the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Occasionally she also works as a curator and exhibition designer.

See also Kristi Kongi on artists database of CCA (Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art)

More works by this artist

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Oil on canvas, 182 × 190 cm, 2012
Oil on canvas, 150 x 155 cm, 2014
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Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
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Oil on canvas, 30 x 29 cm, 2016
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Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
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Oil on canvas, 50 x 55 cm, 2016
2800 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm, 2016
4500 €
Oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm, 2017
8000 €
Oil on canvas, 44 x 37 cm, 2018
2000 €
Oil on canvas, 31 x 34 cm, 2019
1700 €
Oil on canvas, 47 x 44 cm, 2019
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Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm, 2019
3300 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm, 2020
3400 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 95 cm, 2021
4900 €
Oil on canvas, 45 x 40 cm, 2021
2500 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 100 cm, 2021
5800 €
Oil on canvas, 65 × 60 cm, 2019
3400 €

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