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ArtDepoo 10.03.2010-03.04.2010

MASKS

On Wednesday, 10th of March at 17.00 ArtDepoo gallery hosts the opening of a solo exhibition of one of the most established young Estonian painter August Künnapu.

Exhibition “Masks” displays a new facet of Künnapu’s artistic production. Exhibited are 17 assemblages and 4 paintings, which are exploring the human nature through masks of different cultures.

Artist on the idea of series of assemblages:

„During a recent repairment I found some masks covered with light coat of dust. It was something moving in them, so I have been collecting masks from different cultures for about half a year now. Among the countries I can name there are Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt and Italy. The ideas of what makes mask a mask and creatures behind them were inspiring me. I wanted to paint them as my own (to paint them into my possession). That’s how the idea of dimensional was born.“

In the exhibition there’s also a series of portraits of Sudan’s Nuba tribe people with their face paintings.

„Nuba people treat their body as an art piece, supplemented and improved throughout life. They do those paintings themselves using natural color mud, oils and ash. The paintings of the faces are asymmetrical, spontaneous and sketch-like, expressing creator’s uniqueness. Important is the aesthetic side of the mask, not the ritual one“, says the author.

A series of paintings are dedicated to Leni Riefenstahl, whose camera-eye presented the culture of her idiosyncratic tribe to the world.

Central piece of the show is a large scale mask of Bali island inhabitant, which was created in cooperation with Vambola Mets.

Author’s special thanks goes to Vambola Mets and Peeter Salmela from Universaal-Universum. Organizers thank Santa Helena wines and Estonian Cultural Endowment.
Music of the show - Romb.

Exhibition remains open to visitors until Saturday, 3rd of April.

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Buddha
August Künnapu
Buddha
2010. Acrylic, mask, cupboard doors 75 x 45 cm (not framed)
Egiptuse mask / Egyptian mask
August Künnapu
Egiptuse mask / Egyptian mask
2010. Acrylic, masks, wood 98 x 38 cm (not framed)
Isand kuu / Master moon
August Künnapu
Isand kuu / Master moon
2010. Acrylic, mask, canvas 60 x 20 cm (not framed)
Maskid ja labürint / Masks and labyrinth
August Künnapu
Maskid ja labürint / Masks and labyrinth
2010. Acrylic, masks, pen, canvas 40 x 80 cm (not framed)
Maskid ja vihm / Masks and rain
August Künnapu
Maskid ja vihm / Masks and rain
2010. Acrylic, masks, canvas 70 x 50 cm (not framed)
Mees Kao külast / A Man from Kao village
August Künnapu
Mees Kao külast / A Man from Kao village
2010. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 70 cm (not framed)
Nuubia härra / Nubian Gentleman
August Künnapu
Nuubia härra / Nubian Gentleman
2010. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 70 cm (not framed)
price 3 500
Nuubia nooruk / Nubian youngster
August Künnapu
Nuubia nooruk / Nubian youngster
2010. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 80 cm (not framed)
Nuubialane / Nubian
August Künnapu
Nuubialane / Nubian
2010. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 70 cm (not framed)
Pilv / Cloud
August Künnapu
Pilv / Cloud
2010. Acrylic, mask, canvas 50 x 30 cm (not framed)
Yin Yang
August Künnapu
Yin Yang
2010. Acrylic, mask, canvas 30 x 24 cm (not framed)
Mask, nokaga mask ja ring / A mask, a mask with a beak and a circle
August Künnapu
Mask, nokaga mask ja ring / A mask, a mask with a beak and a circle
2010. Acrylic, masks, canvas, cupboard door 70 x 45 cm (not framed)
Tai mask I / A mask from Thailand I
August Künnapu
Tai mask I / A mask from Thailand I
2010. Acrylic, mask, canvas 60 x 20 cm (not framed)
Tai mask II / A mask from Thailand II
August Künnapu
Tai mask II / A mask from Thailand II
2010. Acrylic, mask, canvas 60 x 20 cm (not framed)
Neli meest ja labürint / Four men and a labyrinth
August Künnapu
Neli meest ja labürint / Four men and a labyrinth
2010. Acrylic, cardboard 119 x 165 cm (not framed)