Vija Celmins


Born in Riga, Latvia in 1938, Vija Celmins’ is one of the most accomplished and revered living American artists. Her impressive and dynamic oeuvre resists merging with any art-historical "ism" or school.

Celmins established her practice in the 1960s in Los Angeles and was one of few women who were recognized in the LA art scene during that time. And while she is sometimes associated with LA artists, she has been based in New York City for several decades.  

Throughout Celmins' work, we see a patient and obsessive exploration of favorite motifs from nature; luminous oceans, textured deserts, dense clouds, lunar landscapes, spiderwebs and skies full of stars. These intricate depictions of nature feature almost exclusively across her oeuvre, regardless of her preferred medium. 

"Night Sky" is a poignant example of Celmins’ dedication to depictions involving nature. Celmins believed that the image can translate an emotional state, and pursed nature-inspired images as a way of understanding human consciousness in relation to lived experiences. This exemplary screenprint demonstrates Celmins’ repeated removal of any sense of horizon or centre for the image. "Night Sky"s interpretation of the stars, conveys the emotional poignancy she prescribed.

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Night Sky

USA, 2005


Signed and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 45

21.5‚ÄĚW 26.8 H (work)

26‚ÄĚW 30.5‚ÄĚH (framed)¬†

Framed with museum glass

Excellent condition

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