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Jānis Avotins

Dancers on Ice, 2015

Oil on canvas
22 2/5 × 16 1/10 in
57 × 41 cm
This is a unique work.
€5,000 - 7,500
location
Vilnius
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Jānis Avotins
Latvian, b. 1981
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Janis Avotins paints dark, ghostly, photorealistic images sourced from forgotten antique photographs and Soviet-era media. Rather than directly copy the subjects—female figures, patriarchal heads and busts, or hands protruding from a shirt sleeve—he reduces them to hazy, isolated forms with an ephemeral quality. Critic Gabriel Coxhead once noted the pervading sense “of images being demarcated by the surrounding blackness, but also threatened by it, as if continually on the brink of being subsumed by its hungry amorphousness.” Avotins achieves his signature grainy, foggy effect by covering the lint-specked canvas with a thin imprimatura wash of dark oil paint. He leaves some areas of the canvas unshaded so the subjects appear luminous, or even solarized, mimicking the effects of the photographic printing processes used in his source material.

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Jānis Avotins
Latvian, b. 1981
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Janis Avotins paints dark, ghostly, photorealistic images sourced from forgotten antique photographs and Soviet-era media. Rather than directly copy the subjects—female figures, patriarchal heads and busts, or hands protruding from a shirt sleeve—he reduces them to hazy, isolated forms with an ephemeral quality. Critic Gabriel Coxhead once noted the pervading sense “of images being demarcated by the surrounding blackness, but also threatened by it, as if continually on the brink of being subsumed by its hungry amorphousness.” Avotins achieves his signature grainy, foggy effect by covering the lint-specked canvas with a thin imprimatura wash of dark oil paint. He leaves some areas of the canvas unshaded so the subjects appear luminous, or even solarized, mimicking the effects of the photographic printing processes used in his source material.

Jānis Avotins

Dancers on Ice, 2015

Oil on canvas
22 2/5 × 16 1/10 in
57 × 41 cm
This is a unique work.
€5,000 - 7,500
location
Vilnius
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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