The exhibition symbolises both the anticipation of the holidays as well as the counterposition of darkness and light.
Solstice is an important event that occurs every six months each year and has a significant impact on our lives. While the summer solstice signifies the highest period of existence where spring gradually becomes summer, the winter solstice is like the triumph of light over the darkness within ourselves, which creates space in our lives for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. With this exhibition of paintings, Andrus Rõuk wants to give his contribution to the celebration of the solstice, as all his works depict the alternation of darkness and light and the opposition between them. “It is inevitable and beautiful in the way it is,” explains the author.
An exhibition on the same topic was also held around the summer solstice at St. Jacob's Church in Viimsi. This exhibition continues the theme of the previous one. The shadow and the light, blending into each other and contradicting, reveal a certain artistic poeticism as a sign of the intertwining of the illusionary world and reality. The bright colour scheme, at times even startling frankness and slightly naive simple juxtaposition of colour, are characteristic of the author’s work. He paints abstract shapes onto the spiritual landscapes of his cognitive inner world. Personal insight is revealed to the viewer in his expressive abstract works.
Andrus Rõuk(1957) studied architecture and theatrical design at the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR, is a member of the Estonian Artists' Association and the Estonian Painters' Association. His works have been displayed at exhibitions since 1977, among others, at numerous national review exhibitions. Besides painting, he has also worked as a theatrical and film artist. Works by Andrus Rõuk have been acquired by public institutions as well as enterprises, and also private individuals from Estonia and abroad.