Riga Porcelain Museum from 2 October to 22 November 2020.
As an artist, Verners Lazdāns is a highly respected painter, who has also turned to ceramics in recent years. His images, which balance on the boundary between figural and abstract compositions, are manifested in both two and three dimensions. He got involved with ceramics by accident. His creations initially served as models for his paintings, then gradually acquired their own individual expressiveness as he mastered new materials and firing techniques.
Verners’ art is an emotionally expressive interplay between subconscious images and the material. Whether it is an oil painting, or a lump of clay subjected to subconscious impulses through the creative process, the results are authentic objects. His works are made using the “alla prima” technique, i.e. in a single sitting, thus retaining a living, first-time revelation which cannot be replicated. His art reminds us of the individual’s inner, spiritual space, which is more easily sensed than comprehended.
Verners is a graduate of the Art Academy of Latvia’s Painting Department. He has held several solo exhibitions in Latvia as well as taking part in group shows. His artistic language strives to expand from portrait and figural compositions to greater abstraction. His style embraces a lively brushstroke and intuitively crafted forms.