Last updated  2019.12.11. 


Inta Celmiņa,  Edvards Grūbe

Play of light and dark

2019. December  – 2020. March




Painting will exist as long as light itself - colour and shape can appear in the most incredible ways, either through the artist's conscious effort and intention or as unexpected twists of the endless game of themes, techniques and compositional arrangements.

The title chosen by artists Inta Celmiņa and Edvards Grūbe for their joint exhibition project at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, at first glance, can seem frivolous and lacking proper gravitas. And yet, if we take care not to downplay the meaning of game to its narrowest sense and imagine our lives as journeys of perception, we cannot help but admit that we are all players in a universal game, so why not apply this term to artistic processes? The outcome of this game is known only to the players involved, but we see their artwork that has value in its own right inasmuch as it reveals the lived experience of each artist, things either specific to their backgrounds or common to all.

Undeniably, both Inta Celmiņa and Edvards Grūbe are brilliant masters of the brush who have shaped the traditions of 20th and 21st century Latvian painting and, to this day, remain faithful to its fundamental tasks, pursuing topics that stem from core values found in the natural interplay of light and dark. Artist Inta Celmiņa explains that the exhibition is an ode to contrasts in nature and in painting. Contrasts that invite us to open our eyes to the triumphant power of colour and its subtle nuances; that allow expressing different emotional states and staging original shows about topics that concern us with a view to attracting spectators. In paintings by Edvards Grūbe, light is their central element, solemn and majestic. Meanwhile, the light of Inta Celmiņa flashes in mysterious dark. What unites us is our shared understanding of the principal goals of painting.

Inta Celmiņa was born in Riga on 7 January 1946. In 1946, she graduated from Janis Rozentals Riga Art Secondary School wherefrom she went directly to the Art Academy of Latvia to study at the Department of Pedagogy [1964-1969). In 2001, she completed a master's degree at the Academy. Celmina exhibits her work since 1969. In 1976, she was admitted into the Artists' Union of Latvian. So far, the artist has had over 25 solo exhibitions in Latvia and abroad and participated in countless group shows. Her work is held in private hands and featured in prominent museum collections both in Latvia and beyond.

Edvards Grūbe was born on 3 November 1935 in Riga. In 1946, he was admitted into year six at the newly established Janis Rozentals Art Secondary School, which he finished with the first crop of graduates in 1955 to pursue tertiary education at the Painting Department of the Art Academy of Latvia. GrObe joined the Artists' Union of Latvia in 1968. In 1992, he completed a master's degree in art. Grūbe exhibits widely since 1974. He has had over 25 one-man-shows and appeared in countless group exhibitions in Latvia and overseas. Artwork by Grūbe holds prominent positions in the collections of Latvian National Museum of Art and the Museum of the Artists' Union of Latvia. It is featured in museum collections in Russia, Lithuania and Germany as well as held in private hands in Latvia and abroad.

Both artists have been instrumental to raising several generations of young artists, having actively worked as art educators in different art institutions at different points of their careers.

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Inta Celmiņa. Paintings



1. Maijs. a/e, 2014., 146x162                  2. Katedrāle. a/e, 2018, 146x162.              3. Pārklāšanās. a/e, 2019. 146x162.


4. Ūdens. a/e, 2018. 146x162             5. Sauciens. a/e, 2012., 146x114     6. Nakts. a/e, 2016., 162x97  

                                                                                                                   7. Tumsas pārrāvums, a/e, 2018. 146x89


8. Baltā. a/e, 2011, 130x89    9.Noskaņa. a/e, 2018, 111x146   10.Pilsēta ziemā. 2019., a/e, 114x146

                                                                                                          11.Patstāvība. a/e, 2017., 116x97


12.Maijs. a/e, 2014, 104x116            13. Atspīdums. a/e, 2018, 97x116                 14. Ainava. a/e, 2018., 97x116


15.Jūra. a/e3, 2013, 97x130           16.Domātājs. a/e, 2019., 100x72,   17. Mēness aptumsums. 2018., a/e, 100x80

                                                                                                                      18. Migla. a/e, 2018., 100x80


19.Eņģelis. a/e, 2011, 100x50   20. Burvis. a/e, 2018, 100x50   21. Pūķis. a/e, 2018., 100x50

                                                                            22. Jupis. a/e, 2018., 100x50.   23.Tēls. a/e, 2014, 95x58


24. Atgriezties. a/e, 2019, 90x80    25.Mēness. a/e, 2019, 92x73    26. Princese. a/e, 2018., 85x57

                                                                                                             27.Zelta Rudens. a/e, 2019, 80x100


28.Princese. a/e, 2019. 80x60    29.Pavasaris. a/e, 2014, 81x116       30. Abas puses. a/e, 2015, 81x54

                                                                                                                    31.Saulīte. a/e2010, 90x60


32.Saulespuķes. a/e, 2019, 90x60    33. Rozes. a/e, 2019, 85x57.   34.Ceriņi. a/e, 2019, 90x70  

                                                                                                                35. Mēness. a/e, 2014., 55x44





Edvards Grūbe. Paintings



1. Durvis. a/e, 2016, 162x146      2. Pavasaris. a/e, 2019. 146x162                      3. Nosakaņa. a/e, 2019, 130x162


4.Konsonanse. a/e, 2018, 130x162     5. Horiszonts. a/e, 2016, 114x146      6. Saules gaisma. a/e. 2018, 114x146


7.Stihija. a/e, 2016. 130x146                                8.Motīvs. a/e, 2013, 146x114                  9. Arka. a/e, 2018. 146x114


10.Gultas gals. a/e, 2015, 116x104     11. Vakara saule. a/e, 2011, 120x100.   12.Ķirbji. a/e, 2010, 104x116


13.Saspēle. a/e, 2014., 104x116        14.Maize. a/e, 2015, 97x130                          15.Mākonis. a/e, 2018, 90x130


16.Ķirbji. a/e, 2015., 89x116    17.Vakara skaņas. a/e, 2015, 89x116   18.Saulespuķes. a/e, 2008, 92x83

                                                                                                                  19. Taure. a/e, 2012., 97x116


20.Logs. a/e, 2019, 100x100    21.Saulespuķes. a/e, 2019, 80x70   22.Sarkana gaisma. a/e, 2012, 130x89

                                                                                                                       23.Klusums. a/e, 2002., 80x100


24.Vijoles motīvs. a/e, 2013.,m 81x116   25.Noskaņa. a/e, 2019., 89x100.    26.Zelta rudens 2019.80x70

                                                                                                                           27. Zelta rudens. 2019, 80x70


28.Lauskas. 2004., 65x83.                    29. Maize. 2014. 60x80                                       30. Rozes. 2015. 60x60







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