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Helgi Maret Olvet

Helgi Maret Olvet

Artist's country of origin: Estonia

Helgi Maret Olvet (1930-2020) studied at the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR (Estonian abbreviation ERKI). She received her degree in graphic art with a book designer’s diploma in 1955. Maret Olvet worked as a senior lecturer at ERKI’s drawing department, as the head artist at Estonian National Television and as the head of advertising at Kaubanduspalat (Chamber of Commerce). She found her calling as a freelance graphic artist, but had also illustrated and designed various books, record labels, stamps, and badges. Her greatest successes in book design came in the 1970s; during the years 1974–77 she also won numerous awards for her poster designs. She was also well-known for her miniprints and ex-librises producing around 300 ex-libris throughout her career. While her earliest graphic works make use of lithography, the second half of the 1970s saw her move to intaglio printing and trying her hand at various other techniques (photo relief, linocut, screen printing, etc.). The artist adopted an abstract style in the 1990s as the spirit of liberation grasped Estonia – in her works Shoots, she reaches towards freedom, light, clarity, and a better tomorrow. The completely abstract exhibit and art series Dal Segno (Italian for “from the sign”) of geometric abstract works made using the silkscreen method followed in 1997. With her first abstract works, Maret Olvet strove to cleanse herself of the bleak, grey artistic norms and move toward delicate minimalism. Maret Olvet’s lengthy career is characterized by constant change, exploration, and experimentation. Her oeuvre is saturated with symbolism, which adds an independent layer of meaning to both her works and their titles. The artist’s persevering creative spirit was sensitive, contemplative, and thorough, and spilled into every aspect of her work through a language of signs. She became a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association in 1959, a member of the Association of Estonian Printmakers in 1991 (honorary member since 2011), and an honorary member of Exlibris Åboensis in 1993. She was also awarded with the title of Printmaker of the Year in 2015. Her works appear in the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia and the Tartu Art Museum, the National Library of Estonia, Pärnu Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Ateneum Museum in Helsinki, Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden, and also in Japan, Brussels, Vilnius and Spain. Partly from the “Forest Myth and Mythical Circle” exhibition texts, 2020.


Printmaking

Garden II by Helgi Maret Olvet
Garden II  
62 x 56 cm
€1850
Garden III by Helgi Maret Olvet
Garden III  
62 x 56 cm
€1540
Academia Gustaviana by Helgi Maret Olvet
Academia Gustaviana  
65 x 58 cm
€1540
Vanaturu kael by Helgi Maret Olvet
Vanaturu kael  
42 x 37 cm
€310
Lake Ülemiste by Helgi Maret Olvet
Lake Ülemiste  
68 x 52 cm
€1380
Habitat by Helgi Maret Olvet
Habitat  
57 x 69 cm
€1230
Chosen by Helgi Maret Olvet
Chosen  
24 x 18 cm
€230
Happy by Helgi Maret Olvet
Happy  
24 x 18 cm
€230
Competition by Helgi Maret Olvet
Competition  
24 x 18 cm
€230
Twilight by Helgi Maret Olvet
Twilight  
56 x 37 cm
€350
Directed by Helgi Maret Olvet
Directed  
56 x 37 cm
€350
Lighting by Helgi Maret Olvet
Lighting  
56 x 37 cm
€350
Aspiration by Helgi Maret Olvet
Aspiration  
56 x 37 cm
€350
Dawn by Helgi Maret Olvet
Dawn  
56 x 37 cm
€350
Alice in wonderland II by Helgi Maret Olvet
Alice in wonderland II  
80 x 56 cm
€1540
Alice in wonderland I by Helgi Maret Olvet
Alice in wonderland I  
80 x 56 cm
€1540
Optima Fide by Helgi Maret Olvet
Optima Fide  
40 x 26.5 cm
€190
Towers by Helgi Maret Olvet
Towers  
35 x 25 cm
€150
Võrumaa linol cut by Helgi Maret Olvet
Võrumaa linol cut  
31 x 443 cm
€200
Break through by Helgi Maret Olvet
Break through  
56 x 37 cm
€380
Roofs of Tallinn by Helgi Maret Olvet
Roofs of Tallinn  
35 x 27 cm
€230
Wind pine by Helgi Maret Olvet
Wind pine  
32 x 38.5 cm
€230
Self-portrait by Helgi Maret Olvet
Self-portrait  
39 x 32 cm
€230
Tallinn Madonna by Helgi Maret Olvet
Tallinn Madonna  
26 x 23 cm
€200
Morning by Helgi Maret Olvet
Morning  
35 x 29 cm
€150
St. Olaf's Church by Helgi Maret Olvet
St. Olaf's Church  
38 x 32 cm
€200
Rannavärava mägi by Helgi Maret Olvet
Rannavärava mägi  
41 x 30.5 cm
€200
Forest Myth I by Helgi Maret Olvet
Forest Myth I  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
Forest Myth II by Helgi Maret Olvet
Forest Myth II  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
Estonian Thing XI by Helgi Maret Olvet
Estonian Thing XI  
90 x 70 cm
€1540
Forest Myth VI by Helgi Maret Olvet
Forest Myth VI  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
ON by Helgi Maret Olvet
ON  
76 x 56 cm
€930
Limestone Wall by Helgi Maret Olvet
Limestone Wall  
40.5 x 29.5 cm
€650
OUT by Helgi Maret Olvet
OUT  
76 x 56 cm
€930
YES by Helgi Maret Olvet
YES  
76 x 56 cm
€930
Museum by Helgi Maret Olvet
Museum  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
Morning by Helgi Maret Olvet
Morning  
24 x 18 cm
€230
Apple by Helgi Maret Olvet
Apple  
24 x 18 cm
€230
News by Helgi Maret Olvet
News  
24 x 18 cm
€230
Logbook from by Helgi Maret Olvet
Logbook from  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
Poppies by Helgi Maret Olvet
Poppies  
76 x 56 cm
€1230
Flowers by Helgi Maret Olvet
Flowers  
76 x 56 cm
€1230
Estonian Thing IX by Helgi Maret Olvet
Estonian Thing IX  
90 x 70 cm
€1540
Estonian Thing X by Helgi Maret Olvet
Estonian Thing X  
90 x 70 cm
€1540
Forest Myth V by Helgi Maret Olvet
Forest Myth V  
76 x 56 cm
€1540
Forest Myth VIII by Helgi Maret Olvet
Forest Myth VIII  
76 x 56 cm
€1540

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