Jānis AvotiņŠ (born in 1981, lives in Riga, Latvia)
The works of this young Latvian artist are meanwhile in great demand worldwide and are to be found in many collections of international renown. His paintings, executed in acrylic on canvas, and often of unusual format, depict people, spaces and landscapes that are difficult to place in any familiar perspective in terms of time, space or situation, and yet they radiate an intensity and intimacy that never fails to capture the attention of the viewer, immediately drawing him or her under their spell. His characteristically blurred, only occasionally sharp contours and his soft colouration in pale earthy and grey tones are also manifest in his more recent paintings. Defying all attempts at precise definition, the figures in AvotiņŠ' paintings reflect the ambivalence and vulnerability of modern existence.
Adrian Ghenie (born in Baia Mare in 1977, lives in Cluj, Rumania)
Adrian Ghenie belongs to a group of young Rumanian artists who are extremely active in Cluj, Rumania, and have now been attracting the attention of the art world for quite some time. Ghenie is one of the co-founders of the group, which deliberately established itself in the town of Cluj, the provincial capital of Transsylvania, rather than in Bucharest, the capital city of Rumania. It is from here that this new generation of artists has set out to conquer the international art world, entirely without institutional support, just with the help of global, subcultural networks. Their quest for artistic identity within the context of their own long-hidden cultural history inspired Adrian Ghenie's suggestive, densely painterly paintings that immerse the viewer in a breathtaking atmosphere of gloom and tension.
Andrew Palmer (born in Salisbury in 1979, lives in London)
The paintings of the young British artist Andrew Palmer are distinguished by a unique pictorial vocabulary combining geometrical structures, painterly elements and motifs that seem to originate from pre-existent forms. Andrew Palmer boldly questions the unknown and the infinite. Archetypal forms encounter invisible, light-emitting structures – the past meets the future at the very moment of the creative act. The beauty of a faceted gem fuses with the gleam of a distant star, geometrical forms, as expressions of calculated creativity, are illuminated by shafts of light from parallel worlds in unknown spheres of the universe.