Laurentsius's personal exhibition “The Group of One” will be open in Draakon gallery from Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. The exhibition will be open until February 20th, 2021.
The Group of Seven or Algonquin School was a group of Canadian landscape painters in the first half of 20th century. The Estonian counterpart of this practice could be considered painter Konrad Mägi. The Group of One is an exhibition of landscape paintings by Laurentius who got inspiration for completing this series from the nature in Canada. According to the artist, nature has undergone diverse filters during the process of painting. This has resulted in dreamy landscapes from the hidden corners of the memory, reflections, shifts of perception and a solid amount of technical tricks of painting; there is also the feeling as if something suspicious yet good has been consumed.
Laurentsius (b. 1969) has studied physical education at the University of Tartu in 1987–1990. In 1996 he graduated from the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 1996, he studied English philology at the Tallinn Pedagogical University. Laurentsius's artwork combines academic painting with pop art. On one side, his work resonates with the classic still-life in the context of the 17th century Dutch painting school, on the other side, his works are often associated with kitsch and camp. Laurentsius skillfully uses the vocabulary of kitsch and his works also serve as the parody of kitsch while magnifying with great joy all the elements of kitsch to the maximum.
Laurentsius has received the award by the Estonian Painters' Association (1999), Konrad Mägi Art Award (1999), the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2011) and Kristjan Raud Art Award (2014). His artworks belong to the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum and Turkuu Art Museum. Laurentsius has participated in exhibitions in Europe and USA.
Exhibitions in Draakon gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.