•  Installation Shots From: Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
    Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
  •  Installation Shots From: Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
    Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
  •  Installation Shots From: Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
    Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
  •  Installation Shots From: Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
    Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
  •  Installation Shots From: Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
    Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America
30th anniversary
Saatchi Store
Current Exhibition

SELECTED WORKS BY Jānis Avotiņš

Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2011

Oil on canvas

50 x 88 cm
With their ghostly, alienated faces and figures reminiscent of Soviet-era photography, Jānis Avotiņš thinly painted canvases draw us into a fragile, elliptic world haunted by collective memory.
Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2011

Oil on canvas

46 x 36 cm
In one of Avotiņš’ series, photographs of the heads of two sombre-looking Cold War-era bureaucrats are stripped of their original context andreappearwithin a dark emptiness. Their studied features look crudely eroded, as if rubbed onto, or rubbed out of, a temporary blackboard.
Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2011

Oil on canvas

102 x 58 cm
Two gossamer-like female figures – another solemn and almost faceless pair – appear to be walking out of a background of darkness. Their poses, soft silhouettes and the bright illumination on their bodies recall the long-exposure and bleached out feel of early photography, so often showing shapes similarly eked out of an enveloping darkness. They are beautiful, bleak and memorable, all at once.
Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2012

Acrylic on canvas

140 x 260 cm
Often using a minimalistic, monochromatic aesthetic reminiscent of fellow Latvian artist Vija Celmins, Avotiņš’ virtuosic imprimatura washes and technique blur and erase the specificity of his subjects, imbuing his images with an air of mystery, rather than nostalgia. They playfully engage with the relationshipsbetween analogue photography, the way history can edit and turn individuals anonymous, and with our own collective memory-making – impressions fading in and out of existence.
Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2012

Acrylic on canvas

188 x 230 cm
In one work, a ghostly, isolated right hand is placed exactly in the middle of a canvas, becoming the mysterious central focus within an overwhelming nothingness.In other works, singled out yet unrecognizable figures appear framed by a similar vacuum, soaked in washes accompanied by the symbolic material presence of the canvas’s grain. Recent compositions include architectural elements, but figures remain phantom-like, in a state of tension somewhere betweensketchily existing and melting into the background.
I Saw My Bad Approaching
Jānis Avotiņš
I Saw My Bad Approaching

2009

Acrylic on linen

222 x 260 cm
Untitled
Jānis Avotiņš
Untitled

2009

Acrylic on linen

222 x 260 cm
Text by Lupe Nùñez-Fernández

Jānis Avotiņš's BIOGRAPHY

Jānis Avotiņš
Born in 1981, Soviet Union
Lives and works in Riga, LV


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
IBID Projects, London , UK

2011
Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE

2010
Implicated, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam

2009
Janis Avotins, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, DE
You, my word, as if it was me before a dark glade, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE

2008
Janis Avotins, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, DE
Janis Avotins, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria Ludwig Forum, Aachen, DE
I write to you at 20:02 as you wrote to me at 18:08, Johnen +Schöttle, Cologne, DE

2007
Super Normal, IBID PROJECTS, London, UK
Suzie Q Project Space, Zurich, CH

2006
I Never Go On Holidays, Medium, Gustavia, BL JOhnen Galerie, Berlin, DE

2005
Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, DE
IBID PROJECTS, London, UK
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE
Possession, IBID PROJECTS, Vilnius, LV

2004
Possession, Riga, LV
Rheinschau, Art Cologne Projects, Cologne, DE

2003
Conversance, Riga, LV


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London
Is It That He Does Not Seek The Truth, But Does Want To Influence?, Riga Art Space, Riga, LT

2010
After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY, US
Painting Triennial, CAC,Vilnius, LT

2009
IBID PROJECTS at Remap2, Athens, GR
Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US

2008
Salon, The Cartin Collection at Ars Libri, Boston, US
Back to Black, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, DE

2007
Strange Brew, Max Lang Gallery, New York, US
Size Matters: XXL – recent large- scale paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, US
Janis Avotins, Adrian Ghenie, Andrew Palmer, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE
Prague Biennale 3, Prague, CZ
Judith, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, US

2006
Infinite Painting (curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto), Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, IT
Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contempoaray Art, Peekskill, US
The Trace of a Trace of a Trace, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, US

2005
Prague Biennale 2, Prague, CZ
Dark Dreams, Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, DE
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, DE
Life Of a Commercial Gallery- IBID Projects, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK
Esoterica, IBID Projects, London, UK

2002
Autumn 2002, Riga Contemporary Art Space, Riga, LV

2001
Latvian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Riga, LV

2000
Interferences 2000, International Multimedia Festival, Paris, FR