Days of Birds in Alksnāja Street
 Aija Zariņa. The Lightness of Being. 2010. Oil on canvas, 150x50 Ilze Avotina. The Guardian Angel of the Songbird. 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 80x90 cm 
  Biruta Delle. An Oak with a Birdcage. 2013. Oil on canvas. 120x100 cm Rudīte Dreimane. Hawk. 2016. Oil on canvas, 70x70 
  Laimdota Junkara. The Sovereign. 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 80x60 Anna Laicāne. Ducks. 2016. Oil on canvas, 69x89 
  Vija Maldupe. A White Dress and Birds. 1992. Oil on canvas, 100x50 Leonīds Mauriņš. The Girl With Birds. 1987. Tempera on cardboard, 110x168 
  Bruno Strautiņš. Nocturnal Bird. 1976. Bronze, 20x25x39 Alberts Francisks Pauliņš. The Window of the Studio. 2013. Oil on cardboard, 100x80 
  Vija Maldupe. River Gauja and and Owl. 1999. Oil on canvas, 100x120 Inna Šablovska. Hummingbird and the Magnolia. 2016. Watercolour on paper, 30x40 
  Inna Šablovska. Situation Under Control. 2016. Watercolour on paper, 30x40 Bruno Strautiņš. In Wings. 2005. Bronze, 17.5x12.5x11 
  Maija Tabaka. The Emperor's Army. 2007. Oil on canvas, 140x100 Vija Zariņa. Early Morning in Venice. 2014. Oil on canvas, 130x130 
  Aija Zariņa. Nida 2010. Oil on canvas, 90x45 Kaspars Zariņš. A Miracle. 2001. Oil on canvas, 70x120 
  Kaspars Zariņš. Two People and an Unknown Bird. 2004. Oil on canvas, 88x96 Aija Zariņa. Daugaviņa. 2008. Oil on canvas, 100x130 
 
11.05.2016-31.05.2016Alksnāja iela 10/12Bruno Strautiņš, Inna Šablovska, Ilze Raudiņa, Alberts Pauliņš, Leonīds Mauriņš, Vija Maldupe, Anna Laicāne, Laimdota Junkara, Rudīte Dreimane, Vija Zariņa, Aija Zariņa, Maija Nora Tabaka, Biruta Delle, Ilze Avotina, Kaspars Zariņš

Days of Birds in Alksnāja Street

Birds have always been a source of inspiration to painters and creative minds such as poets, composers and writers alike. However, the visual splendor, flight dynamics and the symbolic meaning attached to birds, for example, as the mediators between heaven and earth, is perhaps best reflected in painting.

These paintings exhibit different conceptual and compositional approaches to birds, for example in the painting “Emperor’s Army” by Maija Tabaka the image of a peacock indicates the location, in this case China. The painting “Daugaviņa” by Aija Zariņa with its ambiguous bird figures reveal the geographical nature – the river and it’s proximity to the sea. “The Window of the Studio” by Alberts F. Pauliņš with it’s tiny chick knocking it’s beak against the pane is a sweet reminder of the tranquil flow of everyday life, interrupted only by a silent noise, however, loud enough to remind a a lonely inhabitant of the house of a different life outside, while in the painting “Evening” by Rudīte Dreimane birds are a romantically philosophical depiction of people: solitude, dialog, closeness and difference, and an attempt to bring the two closer.

During the exhibition, authors of the works displayed will paint images of birds, which will then be displayed alongside the existing works. It is not expected of the painters to create ornithologically accurate depictions – instead, they should illustrate both the artist’s mental attitude by using images of birds and also explain the philosophical meaning behind the use of these images.

Exhibited are works from both the collection of Daugava Gallery and paintings created particularly for this exhibition.

Photo credit: Aija Zariņa. Daugaviņa. 2008. Oil on canvas, 100x130

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