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Jānis Avotiņš

Janis Avotins is an artist whose work I saw recently with IBID Projects, Hoxton, London. His paintings have traces from the Soviet-era and appear ghostly or a blur in a memory, perhaps even a dream. Avotins applies thin washes of oil to canvas. These thin layers allow the texture of the canvas to be seen adding a raw depth to the composition. I think in the case of this work, less is more. The lack of strong features allow you to create them for yourself, making it individual on both a personal and emotional level.


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