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Virge Jõekalda

Sündinud / born 1963

Virge Jõekalda's sensitive and nuance-abundant drypoint technique enables to record thin, tenderly subtle lines on a sheet of paper – but not only them. The artist herself has once said that she loves such pictures where the graphic line is quite unnoticeable; from this emerges the diverse, discreet line, softness and warmth of the image. She introduces pristinely characteristic elements into her creation: tenderness, fragility, but also security through the red-warm colours of love. Virge Jõekalda’s use of colours is always obvious and recognizable. After the beginning of the 1990s, when the black-and-white intaglio technique was revived, the artist has been convincingly moving towards glowing tones, towards the red colour, possessing sporadically extreme and burning energy, as if wishing to light the viewer up, kindle and grasp into the sensual whirl of emotion through her art. The depth of red is emphasized by black, at the same time framing, limiting, restraining it. The drypoint technique, to which Jõekalda has remained true in her creation, gives her sufficient freedom to act upon the accomplishment of her ideals. Drypoint enables independent printing, careless following of the creative process, making of interim proofs, changing of colours, bringing to the fore one detail, printing over and on everything. By playing on a whim the artist can handle the proofs boldly and violate the unwritten rules impetuously. Also the work can be left to “breathe”, to put it aside for some time in order to approach it after some time with new feelings. This is a process, a line of repetitions, variations of the main theme from which finally emerges an emotional integer – a line of pictures, where a single work is not so very important anymore. Important is the whole idea – full of ideal images and a sense of perfection.

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EDUCATION


1981–1988 Estonian Academy of Arts, MA in Graphic Arts

 

MEMBERSHIP


1992  Association of Estonian Printmakers
1992  Estonian Artists’ Association (EAA)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011  “Water”, Munkadetagune torn, Tallinn, Estonia  
2011  Gallery of The Bank of Estonia, Tallinn   
2010  Mart Lepp’s collection + „Tide”, Gallery of Concert Hall Estonia, Tallinn  
2010  Art Window, Tallinn, Estonia  
2010  “Tide”, 24h gallery Kunstikeskus.ee  
2009  “Soul Garden”, Dalarna Art Museum, Falun, Sweden
2009  “Tide”, Tanks gallery of Viinistu Art Museum, Estonia
2008  “Soul Garden”, Gallery of Estonian Parliament, Tallinn   
2007  “Garden of Eden”, SEB Ühispank gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2007  “Winter Garden”, Kuku Club, Tallinn, Estonia  
2007  “Introductions”, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, USA
2006  “Spell II”, Gallery of Eesti Põlevkivi, Jõhvi, Estonia
2006  “Secret Garden”, V Evora Festival of Printmaking, St Vicents Church, Portugal
2006  “Wild Garden II”, Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki, Finland
2005  “Wild Garden”, Gallery of Jõhvi Art School, Estonia
2005  “Throbs”, Viru Cultural Center, Gallery Art &Design, Tallinn, Estonia
2004  “My Garden”, Gallery of Hotel Grand, Viljandi, Estonia
2004  “Silence”, Gallery of Hungarian Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
2004  “Wild Garden”, Gallery of Estonian Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2003  “Spell”, Haus Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2003  “Touch”, 24 h gallery Kunstikeskus.ee
2002  “Breathing”, Gallery-G, Tallinn, Estonia
2001  Gallery of Kuopio Town Library, Finland
2000  Kankaanpää Art School, Finland
2000  Gallery of Café Anglais, Tallinn, Estonia
2000  Gallery of Katariinan Kamari, Niemisjärvi, Finland
2000  Gallery of Hotel Olympia, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  Gallery of Rapla Library, Estonia
1998  Gallery of Hotel Olympia, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  Rakvere Gallery, Estonia
1998  “Notes, Denials”, Tartu Art House, Estonia
1998  Gallery of Kastellaanimaja, Tallinn, Estonia
1997  Gallery of Lillepaviljon, Tallinn, Estonia
1997  Gallery of Eesti Energia, Tallinn, Estonia
1997  Hämeenlinna Library, Finland
1997  Estonian House, New York, USA
1996  Fincken Gallery, Bergen, Norway
1996  Gallery of Kiviõli School of Arts, Kiviõli, Estonia
1996  Loqo Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
1995  TKK Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
1995 Gallery of Kiviõli School of Arts, Kiviõli, Estonia
1992  Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1990  Katariinan Gallery, Niemisjärvi, Finland

 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS


2012  Prints Tokyo 2012, Japan
2011  III Guanlan Print Triennial, China
2009  VII Liege Contemporary Print Biennial, Belgium
2009  II Guanlan Print Biennial, China  
2009  VI Bitola Print Triennial, Macedonia  
2009  Print Triennial ”Yozo Hamaguchi 100”, Japan
2009  XV Varna Print Triennial, Bulgaria
2009  Osten Drawing Gallery, Skopje, Macedonia
2009  Tallinn Drawing Triennial ”Manu Propria”, Estonia
2008  Minsk I International print exhibition, Belarus
2007  Guanlan Print Triennial, China
2007  Prints Tokyo 2007, Jaapan
2007  IV International Engraving Biennial Douro 2007, Alijo, Portugal
2007  IX Caixanova Print Biennial, Ourense, Vigo, Ferrol, Lugo, A Estrada, Spain
2007  ”Lilla Europa”, Hallsberg-Örebro, Sweden
2007  Ural Print Triennial, Ufa, Russia
2007  ”Graphics from East Europe”, Seoul Print Biennial, Korea
2007  Aomori Print Triennial, Japan
2006  VIII International Small Engraving, Salon Carbunari, Florean Museum, Romania
2006  V Egypt Print Triennial, Kairo, Giza and Alexandria, Egypt
2006  V Bitola Print Triennial, Macedonia
2006  Krakow Print Triennial, Poland
2006  V Torun Print Triennial ”Colour in Graphic Art”, Poland  
2006  ”Lilla Europa”, Hallsberg-Örebro, Sweden
2005  VIII Caixanova Print Biennial, Ourense, Spain
2005  IV Tokyo Miniprint Triennial, Japan
2005  Touring of VIII Caixanova Print Biennial, Vigo, Ferrol, Lugo, A Estrada, Spain
2005  VII Uzhice Dry Point Biennial, Serbia and Montenegro
2005  XIII Varna International Print Biennial, Bulgaria
2004  ”Eurografik Moscow 2004”, Museum of Modern Art, Russia
2004  “Lilla Europa”, Hallsberg-Örebro, Sweden
2004  IV Evora Festival of Printmaking, Portugal
2004  I International Print Biennial, Ceara, Brazil
2004  ”Eurografik”, Polish Culture Institute Gallery, Lipsk, Germany
2003  IV Torun International Print Triennial “Colour in Graphic Art”, Poland
2003  “Intergrafia” – World Award Winners Gallery, Castle of Niepolomice, Poland
2003  IV Egypt Print Triennial, Kairo, Giza and Alexandria, Egypt
2003  VI Uzhice Dry Point Biennial, Serbia and Montenegro
2003  “10 Years Frans Masereel Centre”, Kasterlee, Belgium
2003  1st Art Gathering at Knjaz Estate, Podgorica, Montenegro
2003  IV Bitola Print Triennial, Macedonia
2002  VII Caixanova Print Biennial, Ourense, Spain
2002  III Tokyo Miniprint Triennial, Japan
2002  III Sofia Print Triennial, Bulgaria
2002  X Tuzla International Festival-Biennial of Portraits, Bosnia-Herzegovina
2002  ”Lilla Europa”, Hallsberg-Örebro, Sweden
2002  XIII Frechen Print Triennial, Germany
2002  “Virtualite-Realite”, Charleroi, Belgium
2002  III Miniprint A. D. A. F. A., Cremona, Italy
2002  I Veles International Mini Print Biennial, Macedonia
2002  “Trends and Perspectives”, Neapoly Town Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2002  International print exhibition “Living Faces 2001+1”, Suzaka Hanga Museum, Nagano, Japan
2002  International Printsaurus Conference, Suzaka Hanga Museum, Nagano, Japan
2002  Frans Masereel Centre Exhibition, Kasterlee, Belgium
2001  Hallsberg-Örebro International Festival of Graphic Art, Sweden
2001  V Uzhice Dry Point Biennial, Yugoslavia
2001  III Tama Miniprint Triennial, Tokyo, Japan
2001  “Messagers de la Terre”, Ephemere Gallery, Montigny le Tilleul, Belgium
2001  „Print Art Fair”, Bremen, Germany
2001  “Living Faces in Japan”, Communica Gallery, Niigata Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000  IV British International Miniprint Exhibition “Relativities”, Bristol, UK
2000  “Lilla Europa 2000”, I Hallsberg-Örebro Biennial of Miniprint and Paint, Sweden
2000  VI Gornji Milanovac International Biennial of Miniature Arts, Yugoslavia
2000  III International Raciborz Biennial, Poland
2000  VI Kalinigrad-Königsberg Baltic Sea Countries Print Biennial, Russia
2000  Frans Masereel Centre Exhibition, Gordes, France
2000  Frans Masereel Authors, La Locle, Switzerland
1999  Belgrade Biennial of Graphic Art, Yugoslavia
1999  X Lodz Miniprint Triennial, Poland
1999  IV Uzhice Dry Point Biennial, Yugoslavia
1999  Krakow International Print Triennial, touring Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1999  IX Tuzla International Festival-Biennial of Portraits, Bosnia-Herzegovina
1998  Krakow International Print Triennial, touring Nuremberg, Germany
1998  Tallinn Print Triennial, touring Washington, USA
1998  Ljubljana Agart World Print Festival, Slovenia  
1998  II Kanagawa International Print Triennial, Japan
1998  II Prague International Triennial of Graphic Art “Labyrinth”, Czech Republic
1997  Krakow International Print Triennial, Poland
1997  II Bitola Print Triennial, Macedonia
1997  XXII Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art, Slovenia
1997  III Uzhice Dry Point Biennial, Yugoslavia
1997  II Egypt Print Triennial, Kairo, Egypt
1997  VIII Varna International Print Biennial, Bulgaria
1997 Graphic Art Symposium “Sightlines”, Edmonton, Canada
1996  IX Lodz Miniprint Triennial, Poland
1995  II Bharat Bhavan Print Biennial, Bhopal, India
1995  II Lahti Miniprint Triennial, Finland
1995  I Tokyo Miniprint Triennial, Japan
1995  VII Varna International Print Biennial, Bulgaria
1993  ”Baltic Prints”, Falun, Sweden
1993  Riga Miniprint Triennial, Latvia
1989–2001  VIII, IX, X, XI, XII Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 
2011  Christmas Graphics, Mart Lepp’s collection, Tallinn Central Library, Estonia
2011  Miniprint Tallinn 2011, Napa Gallery, Rovaniemi, Finland
2011  ”White Colour”, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2011  Exhibition of Eduard Wiiralt Art Award, National Library, Tallinn, Estonia
2011  Miniprint Tallinn 2011, Vabaduse Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2010  In-Graafika Festival, Endla Theatre, Pärnu, Estonia
2010  ”Printed Matter from Estonia”, EXPO 2010 Pavillion of Estonia, Shanghai, China
2009  In-Graafika Festival, Endla Theatre, Pärnu, Estonia
2009  ”Manu Propria”, Impact-6 Printmaking Conference, Bristol University, UK
2009  Gallery Melnikow, Heidelberg, Germany
2009  Gallery Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009  „Kiss the Print”, In-Graafika Festival, Pärnu, Estonia
2008  Baltic Artists, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2008  Festive Art Summer, Viinistu Art Museum, Estonia
2008  ”Passion and Pain” (collection of Mart Lepp and Rene Kuulmann), Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
2008  Graphics from Estonia – IMPACT, Foreign Art Museum, Riga, Latvia
2008  “The Land and the People” (collection of Mart Lepp and Rene Kuulmann), Concert Hall Estonia, Tallinn
2008  Graphics from Estonia, Gallery of Szeged University, Hungary
2008  Graphics from Estonia, Gallery of Debrecen Cultural Centre, Hungary
2007  “Art of Living”, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2007  Exhibition of Eduard Wiiralt Art Award, Tallinn, Estonia
2007  “Acclimations” National Library, Tallinn, Estonia
2007  “Acclimation” Estonian Embassy in Moscow, Russia
2007  IMPACT – Estonian Graphics, Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn, Estonia
2007  “Spell of Graphics” (collection of Mart Lepp and Rene Kuulmann), Concert Hall Estonia, Tallinn  
2007  ”Global Artists Movement”, Toyoda Gallery, Japan
2006  “Empty Space” (Lapin, Nautras, Jõekalda), Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg, Austria
2006  “Kagu=Kaakko=SO”, Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland
2006  Art Summer,”Pärnu, Estonia
2006  Estonian Graphics, Lendava Museum, Slovenia
2006  Drawing exhibition “Improvisation”, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2006  Art Summer, Pärnu, Estonia
2006  “Ecstasy”, Tartu Art Hall, Estonia
2006  Collection of Mart Lepp and Rene Kuulmann, Tartu Art Hall, Estonia
2005  “Identities”, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2005  “Identities II”, Narva Art Gallery, Estonia)
2005  ”Kunst und Umwelt”, Güstrow, Germany
2004  Estonian Graphic Art, Retretti Museum, Finland
2004  Estonian Graphic Arts,”Estonian Embassy, Moscow, Russia
2004  Estonian Graphic Art, Estonian Consulate Chancery in Pskov, Russia
2004  Estonian Graphic Art, Dedovitchi, Russia
2004  Exhibition of Eduard Wiiralt Art Award, Tallinn, Estonia
2004  “Inga, Kelli, Virge”, Gallery of Estonian Embassy, Berlin, Germany
2004  “Inga, Loit, Maie, Virge”, Estonian House, Stockholm, Sweden
2004  “Inga, Loit, Maie, Virge”, Högdalen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2003  Estonian Graphic Art, Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin (Ireland)
2003  Estonian Graphic Art, Estonian Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002  Exhibition of Drawings, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2002  Estonian Graphic Art, Allinna Gallery, Riihimäki, Finland
2002  Estonian Graphic Art, Catthorpe Manor, London, UK
2001  Gallery of Hotel Radisson SAS, Tallinn, Estonia
2001  Exhibition of Eduard Wiiralt Art Award, Tallinn, Estonia  
2001  Art Summer,”Pärnu, Estonia
2001  “YDI”, National Library, Tallinn, Estonia
2001  “Black Swan”, Ahjo, Joensuu Art Museum, Finland
2000  Estonian Art, Embassy of Estonia, Washington DC, USA
2000  Gallery of Hotel Radisson SAS, Tallinn, Estonia
2000  Art Summer,”Pärnu, Estonia
2000  “Taju 99”, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland
2000  “eesti.graafika.2000.fu”, Tartu, Estonia
2000  “Linnapilt”, Tallinn Town Hall, Estonia
2000  “20 Printmakers from Estonia”, Kavaleridze Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2000  Estonian Art, Embassy of Great Britain, Tallinn, Estonia
2000  ”Hansalines”, Tallinn–Helsinki  
1999  Estonian Art, Embassy of Great Britain, Tallinn, Estonia
1999  Gallery of Hotel Olympia, Tallinn, Estonia
1999  Art Summer, Kuressaare and Paide, Estonia
1999  “Taju 99”, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland
1999  “Estonian Graphic Arts 1999 / Your Hidden Life”, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  “Eduard Wiiralt 100”, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  Art Summer, Pärnu and Haapsalu, Estonia
1998  “Nudes in Art”, La Gallerie Passage, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  “YDI-group”, Pärnu, Estonia
1998  Estonian Art, Embassy of Great Britain, Tallinn, Estonia
1998  Estonian Art, Randers Art Museum, Denmark
1998  Estonian Art, Melnikow Gallery, Heidelberg and Mannheim, Germany
1997  Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Be Quest, Australia
1997  “10 Estonian Artists”, Varkaus Art Museum, Finland
1997  “Myötatuuleen III”, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
1997  Art Summer, Pärnu, Estonia
1996  “Confessions on Paper” (5 printmakers), Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
1996  “Contemporary Printmakers from Estonia”, Australia
1994  Estonian Prints, Gouda Town Gallery, Holland
1994  “ESTONIA”, New England Center of Modern Art, Brooklyn, USA
1992  “10 Estonian Printmakers”, Süd Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
1991  “Contemporary Estonian Prints”, La Louviere, Belgium

 

PRIZES


2009  Kristjan Raud Art Award, Estonia
2004  Eduard Wiiralt Art Award for Young Artist, Tallinn, Estonia
2004  In-Graafika Festival, Pärnu, Estonia – Laureate prize
2004  IV Evora Printfestival-Biennial, Portugal – Evora Artist’s Residence Prize
2002  VII Caixanova Print Biennial, Ourense, Spain – Gold Medal and First Prize
2000  VI Kaliningrad-Königsberg Baltic Sea Countries Print Biennial, Russia) – Laureate prize
2000  Prize of Tallinn Government, Estonia
1999  IX Tuzla International Biennial Exhibition of Portrait, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Grand Diploma
1999  Estonian National Culture Foundation – Artist’s Grant
1999  Tempera OY Gallery, Helsinki, Finland and Gallery G, Tallinn – Annual Artist’s Prize
1998  Ljubljana Agart World Print Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia – Drypoint Prize
1998  La Gallerie Passage, Tallinn, Estonia – Laureate prize for nude drawing
    
 

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS


Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonian National Library, Tallinn City collection, Mart Lepp’s collection, Jaan Manitski’s collection, Matti Milius’ collection, Sadolin collection, Estonia; Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland; Kuopio Art collection, Finland; Kaleva collection, Oulu, Finland; Eero Rantanen Foundation, Finland; Art Fund of Caixanova, Ourense, Spain; Evora Print collection, Portugal; Pescara Fund of Exlibris, Cremona Town Museum, Italy; National Centre of Fine Arts of Egypt; Tuzla International Gallery of Portrait, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Gorny Milanovac’ Biennial Fund, Yugoslavia; Uzhice City Gallery, Montenegro Museum, Serbia and Montenegro; Ljubljana Agart Print Festival, Slovenia; Krakow Print Triennial Society, Poland; Lodz City Art Gallery, Poland; Majdanek Graphic Art Collection, Poland; Torun Museum, Poland; Museum of Felicien Rops, Namur, Belgium; Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Varna Graphic Fund, Bulgaria; Florean Museum, Romania; Collection of Cyprus Government; Kaliningrad-Königsberg Gallery, Russia; Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan; Aomori Print Collection, Japan; Guanlan Art Museum, China

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