Dainis Pundurs
 Work from collection The Honey Mania. 2010–2012. Stoneware. 77x28x7 Solo exhibition „Asteroid”, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, 2007. Ceramics, photographies, digital projective. 
  Honey Mania. Stonewear Honey Mania. Stonewear 
  Solo exhibition „Bee Here”, Gallery Daugava, 2005 Solo exhibition „Bee Here”, Gallery Daugava, 2005 
  Solo exhibition „Bee Here”, International Airport „Riga”, 2005 Solo exhibition „Bee Here”, International Airport „Riga”, 2005 
  Solo exhibition „Bee Here”, International Airport „Riga”, 2005 Solo exhibition „The Dry River”, Daugava Museum, 2008 
  Solo exhibition „The Dry River”, Daugava Museum, 2008 Solo exhibition „Asteroid”, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, 2007. Ceramics, photographies, digital projective. 
 

Dainis Pundurs

Born on September 30, 1965, in Ezernieki, Krāslava district, Latvia.

The artist has chosen clay, stoneware and porcelain; actually, almost all ceramic materials to express his ideas and world view. His coming from a region of Latvia where ceramic or more precisely, pottery traditions are deeply rooted and very strong may explain his choice. We can assume that in his childhood he was already fascinated by clay, a potter’s wheel and the very process of creating a wheel-thrown vessel. This may account for his choice of material, which is not of little importance if we are concerned with the formal aspects of his work. Essentially Dainis Pundurs clearly is a conceptualist. All his works, work groups and expositions are based on a concept derived from his ideas. This is apparent in his photographs showing the process of making sand objects on the beach while knowing they will be washed away by the waves in the evening. The concept was also the basis of the exhibition of his works “XXL” with the big wheel-thrown “pots” which had the texture of a ploughed field and smell of the earth, presented in St. Peter’s church in 1996. The thought of the time span from the Ancient Greece or Rome to the present day was used for the display of vases and craters in the exhibition “Who lives in the pot?” which gave rise to a number of thought provoking questions. What makes us superior to those who lived 3000 years ago? Are we more advanced or is it just an illusion? By gaining something, we also lose something. And who is able to judge if what we obtained is superior? It might be the other way around…. Real values are enduring. They are the laws of God, not of men, the ones we find in the ancient Greek tragedies, the permanent and ever-lasting rules of ethics and morals. Dainis Pundurs’ exhibitions “The Bee Here” (2005), “Asteroid” (2007) and “The Dry River” (2008) were conceptual as well. But, more remains of his exhibitions after they close than simply a record of their occurrence. And that is the message carrying the artist’s ideas and thoughts.

2016 Highest honor in Martinsons Award within the 1st Latvia International Ceramics Biennale .
2013 Laureate of Diena Annual Culture Award 2012.
2006 The author of the idea and curator of the performance of Latvian Art Academy students during the Assembly of International Ceramics` Academy The Clay Catwalk.
2005 Professor, Latvian Academy of Art, Ceramics Department.
2000 Festival of Pottery, demonstration of technique, Helsinki, Finland.
1999 Festival of Pottery, demonstration of technique, Aberiswit, Wells.
1998 Master of Art degree, Latvian Academy of Art.
1994 Member of the Latvian Artists’ Union.
1992 Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Art.
1986–1992 Latvian Academy of Art, Department of Ceramics.
1982–1986 Rēzekne Secondary School of Applied Art.
1992 Starts participating in exhibitions.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 The Honey Mania, gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2009 Aquarium, NOT QUITE, Fengersfors, Sweden.
2008 The Dry River, Daugava Museum, Dole, Latvia.
2007 Asteroid, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2005 Bee Here, gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2001 Who Lives in the Pot?, gallery Čiris, Riga, Latvia.
1997 The Magic Action, gallery Čiris, Riga, Latvia.
1996 XXL, Centre of Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.
1996 XXL, St. Peter`s Church, Riga, Latvia.*
1995 Bone China, gallery Kolonna, Riga, Latvia. 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 The World is Everything that Exists, Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2013 The Museum Chooses. Acquisitions of the Latvian National Museum of Art in 2012, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2012 Autumn, Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2012 The Magic of Light. Lamps from the 20th Century till the Present Day, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2011 Spare Time — Utopias on the Verge of Commonness, the Prague National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.
2011 Spiritual Practices, Latvian National Museum of Arts, Exhibition Hall Arsenāls, Riga, Latvia.
2011 International Ceramic Artists Exhibition at the 39th Celadons Festival, South Korea.
2010 Autumn, Visual Arts Exhibition, Riga, Latvia.
2010 Golden-works, Latvian National Museum of Arts, Exhibition Hall Arsenāls, Riga, Latvia.
2010 Creative Code-color, Academy of Arts, Riga, Latvia.
2010 Mungyeong Traditional Tea Bowl Festival 2010, South Korea.
2009 Latvian Porcelain Exhibition at Gobis/Outdoors Expo, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2009 Exhibition of porcelain miniatures in the Porcelain Museum of Riga, Riga, Latvia.
2008 International conference on big ceramic forms in Kohila, Kohila, Estonia.
2008 Mungyeong Traditional Tea Bowl Festival 2009, South Korea; Mungjong, South Korea.
1998 A Track, exhibition of applied art and graphics during The Daugava Week, Daugavpils, Latvia.
2007 The Art of Things, Latvian Academy of Art, Riga, Latvia.
2007 AKM, symposium of cast iron, Ķekava, Latvia.
2006 European Ceramic Context 2006, Art Museum of Bornholm, Bornholm, Denmark.
2006 Clay Everywhere, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2004 Spring, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia.
2003 Prague-Riga. Art Dialogue, Decorative Applied Art Museum of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.*
2003 Prague-Riga. Art Dialogue, Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2003 Haime, ceramics` exhibition of lecturers and bachelors of Latvian Academy of Art, Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia.
2001 The Open Form, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia.
1998 Exhibition of Sculpture, textile art, metal design and ceramics, Eidfjord, Norway.
1998 Another Porcelain, International Porcelain Symposium, Walbrzych, Poland.
1998 Kahla Kreative, International Porcelain Symposium, Kala, Germany.
1998 A Track, exhibition of applied art and graphics during The Daugava Week, Daugavpils, Latvia.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

2011 Demonstration of mastery skills, the Academy of Arts of Tallin, Estonia.
2008 Demonstration of mastery skills, the Academy of Arts of Vilnius, Lithuania.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia.
Ventspils Nafta, Ventspils, Latvia.

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