The exhibition „Riga and World Cities. Live Paintings” will take place from February 8 – March 8, 2014 at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC. The joint exhibit features recent works by two distinguished painters from Latvia - Professor Aleksejs Naumovs, Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia and Professor Kristaps Zariņš, Vice-Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia.
The exhibit will be open Fridays (February 14, 21, 28; March 7) from 12:00–7:00 p.m. and Saturdays (February 8, 15, 22; March 1 and 8) from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Embassy of Latvia „Art Space” 2304 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008.
Those viewing the Washington exhibit will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the creative work of well-known Latvian artists Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zariņš. The exhibition features city views of metropolises and historic European cities. These masterpieces bring the vistor on a colorful and varied journey from Riga to New York and Washington, from Paris and Venice to Peking and Hong Kong, as well as to other favorite cities of the artists.
The main meaning to these creative works is the process and environment – the artwork is often created during a brief moment in the open air, in a dynamic atmosphere, most often on large-scale canvases, mixing paints directly onto the canvas freely. The artists intentionally do not use accesssories, previously-drawn sketches or photos. The exhibit documents the importance of painting in open air while being in direct contact with the surroundings. As Aleksejs Naumovs recently commented to the art and culture portal Arterritory.com, “at the moment I am inspired by large-format paintings – two, three meters in width. Painting takes place in nature while the process is filmed. Actually, it’s a situation. Rain, snow, sun and people are a distraction, but actually it is part of the deal. For large-scale paintings I don’t prepare sketches, I just try to feel myself in nature and attempt to capture this illusion on canvas.”