Art Gallery MuseumLV and Culture Center Grata JJ
10 June – 29 July 2023.
From June 10 to July 29 2023 Art Gallery MuseumLV and Culture Center Grata JJ will host an ambitious solo exhibition of the artist Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja "Stamp. The image of Latvia. Versions of Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja". Such an extensive exposition is intended to show the author's long-term and successful cooperation with Latvijas Pasts. During thirty years the artist has made around 100 stamps with very diverse themes for this company. These are stamps in the series “National Costumes”, “Christmas”, “Mittens”, “Ethnographic Jewelry”, “National Armed Forces of Latvia”, “Saeima”, “Lighthouses of Latvia”, “Protection of Nature”, “Outstanding Latvian Scientific and Cultural Personalities”, “Museums of Latvia”. Stamps made by the artist can be recognised as vivid messages or miniature stories about our country, our values and ideals. Therefore, Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja can rightly be considered as one of the leading creators of the visual image of Latvia as a country.
At the same time this exhibition is intend to show the proccess of creating the stamp. Therefore, sketches, drafts, original drawings, prints, blocks of issued stamps, enlarged digital copies of them, first-day envelopes with stamps, photographs, as well as some items depicted on stamps from the collections of the Riga History and Shipping Museum, the Riga Porcelain Museum and the National Costume Center “Senā Klēts”,as well as private colletions will be represented at this exhibition.
The exhibition will also show a small part of the children's book illustrations created by Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja. The stamps made by the artist dedicated to this theme will complement the series of collages for her own written and illustrated book "Mole and silver shoes" (Zvaigzne ABC, 2020), as well as for the children's book "Miracle Day" (2022) written by Ruta Svaža and dedicated to the postal theme, published by Latvijas Pasts.
At the opening of the exhibition, the event of the presentation of the stamp dedicated to the Song Festival, made by the artist Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja, is planned.
About the artist.
Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja was born on January 10, 1963 in Jelgava. Graduated from the Latvian Academy of Arts with a specialty in graphics (1988), received a master's degree in humanities (2003). Areas of activity – estamps, book illustrator, advertising and graphic design, packaging and coin design.
Participates in exhibitions since 1986. Member of the Artists' Union of Latvia since 1993. She has held solo exhibitions in Riga (portrait graphics; 1994), in the “Senā klēts” gallery (a series of stamps dedicated to folk costumes, 1997), in the Jelgava History and Art Museum (together with V. Dzērve, the painting cycle “Dorian's travels”, 2021).
Jury member of the Zelta ābele book competition, as well as the international Baltic States book competition (2014, 2020). Received international recognition as a book illustrator, including 1st prize at the 21st book design and illustration competition (1988), diploma at the 2nd Riga Miniature Graphics Triennale (1990); diploma at the book art triennial Vilnius-90; diploma and prize at the Baltic graphic design triennial in Sweden (1993); multiple winner of the Most Beautiful Book of the Year (2001–2005) competition; main prize in the book art competition Zelta ābele (2008), diploma in the Riga Picture Book Quadrennial (2014).
In the collection coin series of the Bank of Latvia, the design was created for the coins “Krišjānis Barons”, “Krišjānis Valdemārs”, “Rainis” and “Rainis and Aspazija”, which won an award in the international coin competition “Coin Constellation 2016”.
She has made around 100 stamps for Latvijas Pasts and the artist's cooperation with Latvijas Pasts continues.
Born on 24 March 1963, Riga
1981 Jaņa Rozentāla Art High School
1987 Art Academy of Latvia, Graphic Art department, prof. Pēteris Upītis
Graduation work: Book graphic design, Illustrations for Andrejs Upītis book “The Wheels of Time”
Qualification: graphic artist, teacher of fine art
from 1986 until now senior designer at the National History Museum of Latvia
2005–2007 “Mākslas fabrika No. 7” Ltd., an artist
1999–2004 “Lido” Ltd., an environment artist
1995–1999 Magazine “Biznesa Partneri”, an artist
1993–1998 Newspaper “Latvijas Zeme”, an artist
1989–1993 Riga Children’s Art School (now Māra Muižniece’s Riga School of Arts), an art teacher
1985–1988 Allaži eight-year school, an art teacher
Permanent museum expositions and exhibition design:
2022/2023 “Crimplenomania”, the project and implementation, the National History
Museum of Latvia.
2021 “Baltic Appeal to the United Nations”, the design and implementation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia;
“Colourful Latvia”, the project and implementation, the National History Museum of Latvia.
2019/2020 “11 heroic stories. the Military Order of Lāčplēsis, its holders, Lāčplēsis
Day”, the project and implementation, the National History Museum of Latvia.
2019 “Ogre Station”, Ogre History and Art Museum, a constant exhibition, the project
2018 The Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, the exhibition project and implementation.
2017 Ķekava Local History Museum, main exhibition, the project and arrangement;
“Storm Museum” in Jurkalne, the project and implementation.
2016 “On the Way to the Latvian Nation”, the project’s implementation, the National History Museum of Latvia;
“Our Stories, No One Else’s” – the History Museum of Tukums Town, the exhibition and implementation;
2015 “Version–Latvian”, the design and implementation, the National History Museum of Latvia;
2014 “Amber – the Jewel of the Baltic Sea”, the project’s implementation, the National History Museum of Latvia, Minsk (Belarus) and Kiev (Ukraine) History Museums.
2011 “The 2nd LATVIAN RIFLE BRIGADE BATTLE AT THE BANKS OF THE RIVER MAZĀ JUGLA”, an exhibition at the Cultural Heritage Centre of Ikskile County;
“Tinuzi Manor”, the realization;
“Rumbula. 1941: Anatomy of a Crime”, the realization, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia;
Arrangement of the temporary main exhibition of the Ogre History and Art Museum;
Arrangement of the main exhibition of J. Rozentals Saldus Museum of History and Art;
The layout of the main exposition of the Turaida Museum Reserve in the West Building of the palace.
2007 “Latvian archaeology”, the realization, Warsaw and Biskupin (Poland) Archaeological Museum;
“Money in Latvia” – the realization, Vienna (Austria) Art History Museum and Berlin (Germany) “Bode Museum”.
2006 Realization of the main exhibitions, J. Rozentals Saldus and Ogre History and Art Museums;
“My damp houses”, the realization, Ligatne Nature Park;
“The Baltic Sea”, the realization, the Latvian Nature Museum.
2005 The design and implementation of the main exhibition of Turaida Museum Reserve;
Exhibition arrangement of Ogre History and Art Museum;
Participation in the development and implementation of exhibition design of the Bank of Latvia Visitors’ Centre.
2003 “Castle mounds. The Cours. The Latgalians. The Hatter's Story”, The History Museum of Latvia.
2001 Latvia/France joint project “History, culture and traditions of Latvia”, Museum of Mankind, Paris, France.
2000 Latvia/Sweden joint project “Three Stars – Three Crowns”, the Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art.
1999 “The Latgalians”, the State Historical Museum of Russia, Moscow.
1995 “The Second World War – Remembrance and Warning”, the Latvian War Museum.
1991 “The Saga of Latvia”, the State History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
Book Graphic Design:
Illustrated and created book design for the publishing house “Zīlīte” – ”Atgadījums manā dzīvē.
100 bērnu stāsti” (“An incident in my life. 100 children’s stories” arranged by M. and R. Rungulis), for the publishing house “Sprīdītis” – J. Baltvilks ”Vējlukturis mežā: stāstiņi bērniem par dabu” (“Windlight in the forest: stories for children about nature”), J. Wayne ”Diena, kad nogāzās griesti” (“The Day the Ceiling Fell Down”), for the publishing houses “Liesma”, “Zvaigzne” et al.
Participate in exhibitions since 1985.
Participation in various group exhibitions – “Young Artists Exhibition”, “Autumn”, ”Spring” etc., in Latvia and abroad.
2002 LANDSCAPES – Pastel Painting, Gallery “Čiris”, Riga
1998 LANDSCAPES, together with photographer Leons Balodis, Exhibition Hall of the History Museum of Latvia
1994 LANDSCAPES – Pastel Painting, Exhibition Hall of the History Museum of Latvia