The artist has worked on 11 multi-figure compositions since 2009. In
this exhibition, she uses personal memories to analyse historical conflicts and
fateful events that changed the course of Latvia’s history.
Līga Purmale’s exhibition ATSKATS/
FLASHBACK covers the time span from the early 20th century (the painting
with the postal stamp and the artist’s grandmother’s address) till 1975 when
Purmale entered Latvian art scene as a promoter of a fresh painting style.
The artist has been inspired by photos from the family album, photos of
her childhood and youth, books from the home library with the artist’s
childhood scribbling on the margins as well as selected press photographs with
typical traits of the epoch.
On the 2nd floor of the Gallery, there are paintings that
show Purmale’s typical artistic style of the mid-1970s with the photographic
and light effects as well as painted reflections.
The new multi-figure compositions typify the atmosphere at the end of
the war, realities and moods of the socialist system, liberties and hopes of
the 1970s, and the romantic tone of the early 20th century, opening
up an impressive portrait of history.
(b. 1948) brilliantly entered the Latvian art scene in the mid-70s. Life style
and creativity activities of Liga Purmale challenged accepted norms of public
behavior. Her life and art were exceptional example of counterculture. Liga
Purmale is one of the founders of Photo Realism in Latvian painting. Exhibition
in 1974 clearly defined her attempt to achieve in painting such a degree of
reality that exceeds the potential of an accurate photograph .
and developing Photo Realist principles, Līga Purmale has created an individual
expressive style and particular conception of landscape. Painterly, subtle
“portrayals” of both natural and urban scenes, balanced compositions of colour
and light typify Līga Purmale as one of the leading painters of her generation.
was nominated at The Sovereign European Art Prize 2009-2010. Her painting
"Saturday night movie" was sold in Sotheby`s in 2009.
Purmale’s works are included in the Public collections of The Nacional Museum
of Art (Riga), The State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), JaneVoorheesZimmerliArt Museum, Rugers
LTV ZIŅAS, A.Volmārs /20.05.2012 http://ltvzinas.lv/?n=video&id=7254
LA.LV Līga Purmale solo exhibition "Flashback"/ video: Katrīna Krīgere/ 19.05.2012