Gallery House is excited to announce a solo show of Jana Brike’s colourful, disturbing and bittersweet work. Jana Brike’s art, bursting with summer light, obsessively documents dreams, loves, longing and pain; the vast range of emotions that the human condition offers and the somewhat bittersweet realization that upon growing up nothing was as it seemed. Brike was born in 1980 in Riga, Latvia. She studied classical painting at the Art Academy of Latvia receiving her M.A. degree in 2005. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1996 and she has had more than 13 solo exhibitions and nearly 100 other project and group exhibitions. While she paints mainly in oils on canvas, she has also explored drawing, animation, mixed media sculpture, installation and digital art. Her work presents an almost allegorical folklore narrative with youthful figures and lush nature as its background. The works are a poetic visual auto-biography inspired by her own childhood, folklore, fairytales, children book illustrations and soviet animation films, all rendered in a supernaturally real classical style. She creates an eerily forbidden world, almost uncomfortable to look at, filled with secret imagery and mystical, almost religious tones grounded in nature and the haunted cloud of soviet brutality.
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