Print Proposals — Guntars Sietiņš & Janis Murovkis

PRINT PROPOSALS é uma série de exposições com os artistas convidados no âmbito da Pós-graduação em gravura e programa PURE PRINT PORTO.

Guntars Sietiņš & Janis Murovkis, apresentam gravuras.

Para o primeiro , com trabalhos montados em átrio da FBAUP, a mezzotinta impôe-se

“Today the term ‘mezzotint’ has surpassed the boundaries of terminology used within the professional art environment. Maybe not every computer user among the millions of users in the contemporary world will know the mezzotint masterpieces created in the eighteenth century, but many of them will surely have heard at least about the filter mezzotint offered by the image processing software Adobe Photoshop. I use mezzotint technique as a form of expression in my art, not because mezzotint is an end itself, but because mezzotint corresponds to my feelings more than other printmaking techniques. Mezzotint doesn’t allow mistakes and focuses my attention. The technological process itself, concentrates my energy that becomes essential part of my work. Furthermore this labour-consuming process is a testing time that proves the viability of the idea.”

Em Janis Murovkis, com trabalhos montados nas oficinas de gravura, a serigrafia

“My meditative observation of nature is closely linked to the medium of screen printing. Screen printing adapts to the surface organically and surrenders to the artist’s will, as well as offering accidents as seed capital for a new adventures. The first impulse is non-verbal, recorded in hunches not sketches, while the result manifests itself as the interplay between structure and colour. From a distance, it is reminiscent of urban plans or rural territories, espied during the flight of a bird. Lattices, constellations of stars, galaxies… However, these could just as well be perceived as conscious attempts to capture the elusive, to catch non-text, and give it a certain form with brief sentences, weaving grids within the infinite flow”.


Guntars Sietiņš
Born on 23 October 1962 in Kuldiga / Latvia. The Head of the Department of Graphic Art (since 1999). EDUCATION 1998 MA Latvian Academy of Art 1982–1988 Latvian Academy of Art, Department of Graphic Art. SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS 2017 ‘Squaring the Circle’, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga 2016 ‘Reale surreale. István Orosz e Guntars Sietiņš’, Gallery dell’Inisione, Brescia / Italy ‘István Orosz / Guntars Sietins – Sulle Orme di Escher’, A100 Gallery, Galatina; Palazzo Viceconte, Matera / Italy ‘Characters and Signs’, Gallery Engram, Katowice / Poland* 2015 ‘István Orosz and Guntars Sietins – Sulle Orme di Escher’, Provincial Art Gallery of Potenza / Italy 2014 ‘Reality, Fascination, Illusion. István Orosz and Guntars Sietins’, Koller Gallery, Budapest 2013 ‘Fire Wall‘, Gallery Maksla XO, Riga ‘Characters‘, Gallery Manière Noire, Berlin 2012 ‘Characters‘, Gallery Kairė-Dešinė, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre / Lithuania 2008 ‘Unicode’, Gallery Daugava, Riga 2007 Print Gallery, Kaunas / Lithuania 2006 Grafikens Hus Gallery, Mariefred / Sweden 2003 ‘Black No. 55981’, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 4th International Mezzotint Festival, Ekaterinburg / Russia 2016 Expanding the Scope of Printmaking: Tayouan International Exhibition / Taiwan ‘Tallin Print Triennial. The Winners’, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre / Lithuania 2015 2nd International Silk Road Arts Festival, Xi’an / China 1st Kaunas International Printmaking Biennial, Kaunas / Lithuania 4th Bangkok Triennial. International Print and Drawing Exhibition / Thailand ‘Europe in the Sign’, Cremona / Italy International Print Triennial, Krakow / Poland 2014 ‘Time of the Mezzotint. Colors Beyond the Stars’, Yozo Hamaguchi Museum / Tokyo ‘The Secret of Mezzotint, Art of Darkness’, Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery, Antwerp / Belgium ‘Tribuna Graphic’, Cluj-Napoca / Romania ‘GRAFIKA-S, Latvian Contemporary Graphic Art’, Riga Art Space 2013 ‘Interactions’, AQB Budafok, Budapest / Hungary Nord Art 2013, Carlshütte / Germany ‘Grafik aus Lettland‘, Saale Gallery, Saalfeld / Germany ‘Time of the Mezzotint‘, Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Art (TAFA), Tianjin / China 2nd International Mezzotint Festival, Ekaterinburg / Russia 2012 International Print Triennial, Krakow / Poland ‘Time of the Mezzotint‘, Creative Workshop, Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga ‘Grafik aus Lettland‘, Graphic Museum, Bad Steben / Germany 2011 ‘Preview Berlin’, exhibition of Gallery Maksla XO, Berlin ‘Grrrafik 2011‘, Malmö / Sweden 2010 International print exhibition ‘Laureates of International Print Triennial – Krakow 2009’, Dalarnas Museum, Falun / Sweden 2009 International Print Triennial, Krakow / Poland 15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul ‘Noir de Noir‘, ArchivArte Gallery, Bern 2008 7th International Kochi Triennial of Prints, Kochi / Japan* 1st Printmaking Triennial ‘Bridges Over the Mediterranean and the Baltic’, Printmaking Center Helios, Municipality of Neapolis, Thesaloniki / Greece ‘Masters of Mezzotint’, Larry Warnock Fine Arts San Francisco / USA 2007 Aomori Print Triennial / Japan International print exhibition ‘The Soul of the Black Manner’, Trento / Italy 2006 ‘Power and Man’, Exhibition of Printmaking from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Novas Gallery, London
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2009 Award of the Rector of the Warszawa Academy of Fine Arts at the Krakow International Print Triennial, Poland Purchase Prize at the 15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul 2008 The 1st Prize at the 1st Printmaking Triennial, Thessaloniki, Greece 2007 Jury’s Encouragement Prize at the Aomori Print Triennial, Aomori / Japan 1998 The Public Prize at the Felicien Rops International Printmaking Competition, Namur / Belgium 1995 The 1st Prize at the 8th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria Prize at the 10th Tallinn Print Triennial Honorable Mention at the 11th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad 1993 The Jury Prize at the 1st International Print Biennial, Maastricht / The Netherlands 1989 Diploma at the 8th Tallinn Print Triennial WORKS IN COLLECTIONS Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga Bank of Latvia, Riga Swedbank, Riga K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas / Lithuania State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrad / Russia Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts / Russia Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn The Art Museum of Cluj-Napoca / Romania Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA ‘Ala Ponzone’ City Museum, Cremona / Italy

Jānis Murovskis
Born in Riga 03.06.1961 Live and work in Jūrmala, Latvia. Education: 2009-2012 – doctoret’s studies at Art Academy of Latvia 1981-1986 – Design Department at Art Academy of Latvia Occupation: 2009 – Art Academy of Latvia, professor 2007 – Art Academy of Latvia, Head of the Department of Audio – visual media 1999 – Art Academy of Latvia, Head of the Department of Visual Communication. One Man Shows 2014 till 2017: 2017 – The Point of View at gallery “Daugava”, Riga, Latvia 2016 – The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance at Marka Rotko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia 2016 – FORMOSA. The Beautiful Isle at Jurmala City Museum. Jūrmala, Latvia 2015 – The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance at “National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall“. Taipei, Taiwan 2014 – The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance at gallery “Daugava”. Riga, Latvia. Collections: National Art Museum of Latvia, Riga, Latvia Jurmala City Museum, Jūrmala, Latvia National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan Mark Rotko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia Member of Artists Union of Latvia


Curso de Pós- Graduação em Gravura da FBAUP