"Klavs Loris' (1988, Riga, Latvia) makes paintings and mixed media artworks. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Loris formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random. His paintings feature simultaneous and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. During experiments with materiality, Klavs has developed his own author-technique, which combines photography, digital print, and classical painting.
By choosing formal solutions, he reveals the struggle with control and asserting dominance over external conditions. It mixes together with release of tension and complete surrender of one’s wants and needs. Artist’s bright work catches attention immediately like a click-bait or endlessly flickering media notifications. Plethora of subtexts, opinions, tastes and sensory intensity leads to elusive moments when distractions become a fused part of one’s core. He applies abstraction to seduce viewer into this world of ongoing equilibrium. By questioning the concept of movement, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Through the artistic process pressure is relieved, ruins are replaced by rebirth and the painting becomes a pathway to a state of purity and weightlessness."
Klavs Loris has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia (2014). Since 2007, he has been participating in group exhibitions, and organized 7 solo shows. In 2015, he received 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 H18.
2010 - 2014
Art Academy of Latvia, Faculty of Visual Arts,Painting Department (BA)
Art Academy of Brera, Milan, Italy, Graphic Art Department (BA)
2006 - 2010
Janis Rozentals Riga Art School, Sculpture Department
“Internally Outwards”, Maksla XO gallery, Riga, Latvia
“Queen before your eyes”, Maksla XO gallery, Riga, Latvia
“Embody”, Gallery Hangar18, Brussels, Belgium
“Essme”, Mukusala Art salon, Riga, Latvia
“Your impossibilities, which happens”, Sydney Latvian House, Sydney, Australia
“Identified levels”, Gallery L, Riga, Latvia
Grand Prix – JCE. (Jeune creation Europeenne. Biennale d’art contemporain, Paris)
SEB Bank Scholarship in Painting
Brederlo – von Sengbusch award
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, Riga, Latvia
“Sagas” Hangar18 gallery, Brussels, Belgium
“Mutual”, Klavs Loris / Paula Pelše, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia