Loris’ artistic style can be observed in his large-scale works, where the painter continuously experiments with techniques, combining classical oil painting with more modern mediums and materials. During these experimentations, artist has developed his own author-technique, which combines photography, digital print and classical painting.
"When working I am continuously experimenting with numerous of techniques and materials, like oil, acrylic, floor varnish and carpet glue, glitter powders, and the toning dry pigments from the Soviet-time textile plants. The whole process is more similar to a physical activity or even a ritual dance, as I am constantly moving around large-size canvas, painting with my hands and various objects, strapping the work with a colour-soaked string and polishing it with a polisher, applying tape and varnish-soaked pieces of fabric which I then tear down together with layers of painting, thus revealing rough surface."
Klavs is a multi-disciplinary artist, who has a background in street art, music, photography, film-making, and painting. In his large-scale works, the artist plays with mystical and primordial themes, obsessions, and sexuality causing dreamlike quality and feeling.
Klavs Loris (1988) has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia (2014). Since 2007, he has been participating in group exhibitions, and organized 6 solo shows. In 2015, he has received an international recognition – Grand Prix at the JCE. Jeune creation Europeenne. Biennale d'art contemporain in Paris, which gave the painter an opportunity to stay at a residency in Paris and organize a solo show in Brussels, at the gallery Hangar Art center.
Born in 1988, Riga, Latvia
Art Academy of Latvia, Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities, Department of Painting, Riga, Latvia
Art Academy of Brera, Milan, Italy
Grand Prix – JCE. (Jeune creation Europeenne. Biennale d’art contemporain)
SEB Bank Scholarship in Painting
Brederlo – von Sengbusch award 2012
“Queen before your eyes”, Maksla XO gallery, Riga, Latvia
“EMBODY”, Gallery HANGAR18, Brussels, Belgium
“Mutual”, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia
“Entity”, Mukusala Art salon, Riga, Latvia
“Your impossibilities, which happens”, Sydney Latvian House, Sydney, Australia
“Identified levels”, Gallery L, Riga, Latvia
2015 - 2017
JCE. (Jeune creation Europeenne. Biennale d’art contemporain), France, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Spain, Portugal
“Tension” The young in Latvian painting III, the Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia*
“SAGAS” HANGAR art center and gallery, Brussels, Belgium