Vija Celmins
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Untitled (Sky)

1975
Medium: Lithograph
Sheet size: 16 1/2 x 20 inches
Printer: Lloyd Baggs
Publisher: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles
Edition size: 75, plus proofs
Catalogue reference: Rippner 9
Signed and numbered, lower margin

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Night Sky 2 (Reversed)

2002
Medium: Color photoetching, aquatint, photogravure, and drypoint
Sheet size: 20 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches
Printer: Jennifer Turner and Carmen Schilaci
Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Edition size: 65, plus proofs
Catalogue reference: Rippner 46
Signed and numbered, lower margin

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Comet

1992

Portfolio: Skowhegan Suite

Medium: Linocut on Fabriano paper

Sheet size: 20 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches

Printer: Oberon Press

Publisher:  Oberon Press

Edition: 80, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Ocean Surface

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

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Drypoint Ocean Surface

1983

Medium: Drypoint

Sheet size: 26 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches

Printer: Doris Simmelink, Santa Monica, CA

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

Edition size: 75, plus proofs

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

 

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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 

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Alliance

1983

Medium: Aquatint with mezzotint and drypoint

Sheet size: 24 x 19 1/4 inches

Printer: Kenneth Farley and Doris Simmelink

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

Edition size: 48, plus proofs

Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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Untitled

1975
Medium: Aquatint on wove paper
Sheet size: 19 x 15 inches
Publisher: Oberon Press
Edition size: 10
Signed and numbered in pencil, verso

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Untitled

1995

Medium: Mezzotint

Sheet size: 16 x 14 inches

Printer: Simmelink-Sukimoto Editions, Los Angeles

Publisher: Parkett Publishers, New York

Edition size: 60, plus proofs

Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin

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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

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Saturn Stamps

1995
Medium: Offset lithograph
Sheet size: 11 1/16 x 9 inches
Edition size: 200, plus proofs
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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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