Sneak Peek in Latvian artist’s Kristaps Ģelzis studio
“Pictures, pictures…” says Latvian artist Kristaps Ģelzis. “It is like flirting with painting.”
In his latest solo show, “2013”, on view from July 18 through August 13 at “Māksla XO” Gallery in Riga, the artist Kristaps Ģelzis (1962) continues to address, and confuse, his audience with works done in his unique and complex technique – “plastic paintings” – in which he layers one layer after another of various synthetic paints and structures, and which he has now supplemented with the addition of paint pigments and adhesive film.
A graphic artist by education, Ģelzis has worked with a diverse variety of mediums, including installation, watercolors, digital printing and video. Two years ago he represented Latvia at the 54th Venice Art Biennale, and was also awarded the Purvītis Prize 2011 – the most prestigious award for contemporary art in Latvia.