Vija Celmins
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December 1984

1985

Medium: Mezzotint on Rives BFK paper

Sheet size: 29 1/4 x 22 3/4 inches

Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles

Edition size: 25, plus proofs

Catalog Raisonné: Gemini 1224

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$30,000

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Untitled (Desert)

1975
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size: 16 x 20 inches
Publisher: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles
Printer: Ed Hamilton
Edition size: 75, plus proofs
Catalog Raisonné: MMA 6
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$25,000

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Untitled (Ocean)

1972

Medium: Lithograph 

Sheet size: 28 1/2 x 45 3/4 inches

Printer: Cirrus Editions

Publisher: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles

Edition: 65, plus proofs 

Catalogue Raisonné: MMA 5

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin 

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Ocean Surface Woodcut

2000

Medium: Woodcut

Sheet size: 20 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches

Printer: Leslie Miller at Grenfell Press

Publisher: Grenfell Press

Edition size: 75, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$40,000

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Untitled (Ocean Woodcut)

1995

Medium: Woodcut

Sheet size: 16 x 14 inches

Printer: Grenfell Press, New York

Publisher: Grenfell Press, New York

Edition size: 47, plus proofs

Catalog Raisonné: MMA 35

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$25,000

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Drypoint - Ocean Surface

1983

Medium: Drypoint

Sheet size: 26 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches

Printer: Doris Simmelink

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Edition: 24, plus proofs

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$35,000

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Drypoint - Ocean Surface (Second State)

1985

Medium: Drypoint

Sheet size: 24 x 19 inches

Printer: Gemini G.E.L.

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Edition: 55, plus proofs

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin 

$35,000

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Concentric Bearings A

1984

Medium: Two color aquatint, photogravure, and drypoint

Sheet size: 24 x 18 1/2 inches

Printer: Kenneth Farley and Doris Simmelink

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles

Edition size: 34, plus proofs

Catalog Raisonné: MMA 15

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$22,000

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Untitled (Saturn)

1985
Medium: Mezzotint
Sheet size: 10 x 8 1/2 inches
Publisher:  A.R.T. Press, NY
Edition size: 50, plus proofs
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$12,000

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Saturn Stamps

1995
Medium: Offset lithograph
Sheet size: 11 1/16 x 9 inches
Edition size: 200, plus proofs
Signed and numbered, lower margin

$10,000

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Untitled (Strata 3)

1962
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size: 19 x 15 inches

Portfolio: Strata

Printer & publisher: The artist
Edition size: 10
Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

$10,000

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Vija Celmins was born in Riga, Latvia in 1938. Celmins immigrated to the United States with her family when she was ten years old, settling in Indiana. Vija studied at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, from 1955 to 1962, making trips to New York City to see the work of the Abstract Expressionists. It was during the summer of 1961, that Celmins decided to become a painter, moved to California, in 1963 and received a Master's Degree in Fine Art from UCLA.

Her style was transformed in California; she rejected the ideas of the New York School of artists and began to focus on the simplicity of her subject. Her artwork developed out of her desire to communicate the artistic process, presenting elements of pop art as well as photo-realism.

 

Her enthusiasm for photo-realism is evidenced in her paintings of the 1960's - working from photographs she took while driving to work or walking along the beach near her home in Venice, California. Her ocean photographs inspired a new format for Celmins, as she began to create graphite and acrylic drawings that examined the construction of the wave. Celmins also painted desert landscapes and began a series of paintings based on the constellations of the night sky.

Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, among them: Dickenson Art Center, University of California Los Angeles, 1965; David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles 1966; David McKee Gallery, New York 1983, 1988, 1992; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia 1992.

 

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