27.10.2010 - 20.11.2010
Looking at Gita Šmite’s paintings conjures up images of a postman riding a bicycle down a busy street or a hand written letter among an overwhelming assortment e-mails or a ball of princesses with a freckled country girl in their midst. Her paintings, so natural and sincere, bring out everything that is enduring and timeless, things within us that haven’t changed during the last millennium and probably not likely to change in the next. Emphasis on the feminine predominates in her works. Of the themes reflected in her works: Nature, Latvia, Woman, Painting, Color, Bathhouse, Summer, Love, are all of the feminine gender in Latvian. Autumn which is masculine is the only exception. It has come into the women’s world and demands a harvest! Yes, this exhibition really is a harvesting festival. Perhaps it is a response to our century, so obsessed with haste, fashion, glamour and consumption. But it may also be an echo from ourselves yearning for the way we once were as when we first entered this world, bare and yelling children of nature.
Respite. 2010. Oil on canvas, 80x120
Birch juice. 2010. Canvas, oil, 60x70.
Blue Still Life. 2010. Canvas, oil, 70x110.
The Celebrators of Midsummer Night. 2010. Canvas, oil, 90x160.
Still Life with Honey Jar. 2010. Canvas, oil, 60x100.
Gita Šmite. Girl with a Gooseberry. 2010. Mixed technique on canvas, 110x80
Spirit... 2010. Canvas, oil, 60x60.
Approach. 2010. Canvas, oil, 120x96.