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Inara Matisse : A Solo Retrospective

Presented by Gallery 1313

January 16 - January 27, 2019 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Gallery 1313
1313 Queen St. West
Fee:  Free


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Inara Matīsse: a Solo Retrospective –
Gallery 1313
January 16th – 27th, 2019. Main and Process Galleries
Inara Matīss was born in 1933 in Rīga, Latvia.
At a young age, due to the Soviet Occupation of Latvia in 1944, Inara was forced to leave her homeland with her mother and two younger sisters, becoming permanently separated from their father. Having spent their transition years with other Latvian refugees in German Displaced Persons camps, they gratefully found their way to Toronto, Canada in 1951.
Inara began to work full time at the age of 16 to help her mother support her younger sisters who were school age. Although she showed great responsibility for the financial well being of her family, her passion for learning motivated her to attend night school classes to earn not only her high school diploma, but later her B.A. at the University of Toronto and her Teacher’s certification.
Having married and started her own family in the 50’s and 60’s, Inara began a life long passion for painting.
At the age of 53 she was diagnosed with cancer. This altered the course of her life and reconnected her with her creative expression.
At the age of 55, after retiring from her high school teaching career, she went back to school. She decided to study painting part time at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Eventually, she engaged in full time studies and graduated with an Honours B.A. in Fine Art in 2003.
Using acrylic paint, she paints in bright colours, primitive forms and organic rhythms. She has been inspired by artists like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro.
Her greatest inspiration comes from summers spent at the family cottage in the Muskokas. Her paintings evoke the spirit of the Group of Seven in a more contemporary abstract way.
Inara has exhibited in many Latvian Art Group shows. In 2013, two of her pieces were selected and displayed in the Latvian Diaspora Artists exhibit by the National Art Gallery of Latvia. Her exhibition at Gallery1313 will be her largest solo retrospective. This important exhibit will premier Inara’s lifetime devotion to art and the passion for a unique voice in abstract painting.
Inara never forgot her Latvian Roots. With her husband Uldis, they broke cultural and political barriers during the Iron Curtain era, by supporting and facilitating the cultural exchange of the Arts introducing top Latvian Artists to the Latvian-Canadian community. This exchange also exposed these Latvian Artists to Western democratic perspectives and ways of life. Inara and Uldis were honoured, for their dedication and vision during that era, by the government of the now democratic Republic of Latvia with the Order of Latvia in 2003.
Inara lives and paints in Toronto and MuldrewLake, Ontario, and Riga, Latvia.

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