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Opening Event: Saturday 21 Sep | 6 – 8pm | All welcome
Vija Celmins is an acclaimed Latvian-American visual artist whose photo-realistic monochrome paintings and drawings depict natural environments and phenomena. A selection of her works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection will be displayed for the first time at Quay Arts.
This exhibition focuses on a large body of meticulously crafted prints exploring the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky, the darkness of deep space and the intricacies of a spiders web. Often taking over a year for the artist to complete, they remind us of the complexity of the world around us.
This exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 42 major artists. The touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, nearly 50 million people have visited 185 displays at some 87 museums and galleries.
ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through the d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.
Image: Vija Celmins Untitled (Web 1) 2001. ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. © Vija Celmins Photo Antonia Reeve ©National Galleries of Scotland