NINA ČELHAR
Light on light
January 16 – February 28, 2018

LOCATION
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE
Levstikova ulica 3
1000 Ljubljana
CURATOR
Piera Ravnikar
︎︎︎STATEMENT
            Nina Čelhar is among the most promising Slovenian painters in today’s generation of young artists. She lives up to this promise relentlessly following a series of solo and group exhibitions both locally and abroad. Her work has also been included as part of several collections (inter alia ESSL and RIKO) and she has been awarded an array of international prizes, like the esteemed ESSL Art Award CEE. To her, art is a space for self-realisation where she gives meaning and colour through her painting. Through her works, she explores the current architecture that wraps around people’s living spaces, transforming the latter into a venue of tranquility. Between the external and internal physical spaces, she also leads the viewers into a psychological space – stripped off all tangible distractions, where viewers can pause in its serenity and question their own existence in a calm context.

            The exhibition Light on Light uncovers ´an existential experience´ that takes us on a journey, from a flat, two-dimensional view of the house into a deeper interior on smaller canvases, where walls and other intimate details also play a prominent role. Minimalism is the key operating concept. Through the homogeneity of contents and colours, the viewer is invited into a safe and secure space, into a feeling of peace, opening the valves for reflection.
︎︎︎ABOUT THE ARTIST

           Nina Čelhar (1990) graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Ljubljana, where she received the Academy Award for Special Study Achievements and finished her postgraduate studies. She perfected her knowledge for a year at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. In 2015, she received the special ESSL Collector’s Invitation. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions around the region. Her works are part of several private and public collections in Slovenia and abroad. She lives and works in Ljubljana.