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Olga Shilova’s Exhibition Opened at Rietumu Gallery

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The “Adam’s Apple” exhibition of Latvian sculptor Olga Shilova opened at Rietumu Art Gallery.

Olga Shilova is the author of a whole range of sculptural compositions created for the urban environment. She is also well known for her works in small statuary and as a designer of jubilee coins of the Bank of Latvia.

Olga Shilova is a graduate of the Sculpture Department of the Art Academy of Latvia and she is now associate professor of this academy. Member of the Artists’ Union of Latvia.

During more than two decades of her creative activity, she has become a participant of dozens of personal and group exhibitions in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Great Britain, France, Canada, the USA and other countries.

Some works of Olga Shilova are familiar to practically all residents of Latvia. The compositions created by her decorate parks and squares of Riga, Jurmala and other cities of this country - Liepaja, Ventspils, Cesis, Limbazi.

She is also an author of the design of jubilee coins of the Bank of Latvia, including the famous 1 lat coin depicting a stork, released in 2001, and its ‘remake’ – the 2 euro coin with a stork, issued in 2015. Olga Shilova developed the design of the gold coin “Javelin Thrower” (Šķepmetējs) devoted to the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney.

“If an artist believes in themselves, then, while developing in their own art, they will always have their individual style and manner. This is a high standard. At the same time, it is a big risk to remain unrecognised during one’s entire life. Still, if you want to be a creator, you have to be bold, opening new dimensions in yourself courageously, bringing your individual features into every work, your world outlook and your vision of the image you work at. The most awful thing for an artist is to take an illusionary easy way, repeating oneself again and again, each time in a lower quality - this is what one has to avoid by all means,” said Olga Shilova in one of her interviews.

Today her works can be found in collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Jurmala City Museum, as well as in numerous private collections in Latvia, Denmark, Spain Japan and other countries.

The exhibition in Rietumu Gallery presents sculptures created by Olga Shilova during recent years, including her latest large-form work “Adam and Eve”.

The exhibition is open daily until 22 August, on weekdays from 9.00 till 18.00.

Admission to Rietumu Gallery is free, as always.
 
02-08-2019
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