“Learn how to cook, it is the fastest and easiest way how to raise the quality of your life,” my father told me when I was seventeen. He was right. Painting food is the final stage of preparing food, it summarises everything. Preparing the food, looking at the food, painting the food. Repeated balancing that leads to a good life.
A lot has changed over the years, but the things I paint have remained the same. There is still light and shadow or a patch of colour or, more precisely, a balance. Maybe the anguish and charm of finding that balance is the only reason why I paint.
Let’s take olives, for example. Olives are free. Despite years of cultivation, they are still indefinable, stubborn and wild. This makes them interesting. I have drawn this temporal pattern all my life. But only when I went to the island of Samos did I understand that I was making olives. Now I know and paint them with relish.
Peeter Krosmann (b 1971) has studied painting in the Konrad Mägi Studio and the Painting Department of the University of Tartu. He has taught in the Tartu Art College and is still teaching in the Tartu Art School. In 2015, he received the Ado Vabbe award. His last exhibition at the Tartu Art House was in 2016, but in 2019 he curated the exhibition “Lithuanian Painting”. Krosmann lives and works in Kaunas, Lithuania.
The exhibition is open until 29 August.
Gallery name: Tartu Art House Small Hall
Address: Vanemuise 26, Tartu
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Open: 30.07.2021 - 29.08.2021