( Latvia )

JANA BRIKE

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Jana Brike

I was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation.

My inspirations have been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that my grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where I was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day.

But most of all, life is my inspiration. The way I comprehend it, and myself. People are my inspiration. The state of a human soul – dreams, longing, love, pain – that is what my visual images are about. 

I have been exhibiting my artwork internationally since age of 15.

Till now, my work’s been exhibited and can be found in collections all across Europe – Italy, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Spain, etc. – as well as in USA and Australia.

 

Artist: Jana Brike


 

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Jana Brike