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EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

LJERKA NJERŠ

A creative adventure in colour and re

At the Croatian Embassy Art Gallery

21 Conway Streeet, London W1T 6BN


A CREATIVE ADVENTURE IN COLOUR AND FIRE

Ljerka Njerš is one of the most versatile and internationally acclaimed Croatian

artists. Trained in ne and applied arts, she is primarily known as a ceramicist

who found her inspiration in traditional and modern techniques adapting

them to suit her rich imagination and ne sensitivity. She is not unknown to

the London public, but this time she comes to London to reveal how she is

successfully at ease with a new medium of painting on silk and remind

us of her creativity with samples of her artwork in other materials.

In preparation for her grand retrospective exhibition in the Museum

of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb in 2007, she surprised the curators with

her new venture in glass moulding and painting. It was such a

revelation that commissions followed and her amazing,

glistening glass panels ranged from table tops to precious

jewellery. In an impressive richly illustrated monograph that

followed in 2012, Ljerka was hailed for her last adventure in

glass as a pinnacle of her career. Little the authors knew that

four years later Ljerka once again will apply her creativity to

another material but retaining her style and choice of

themes. The light brush stroke imaginatively ows on a

sensuous surface of pure silk and her vibrant colours are

present in her digitally manipulated photographs.

Whichever material Ljerka works with, whichever technique

she applies, she does it with total dedication and love for her

work. She could not have expressed it better than she has

done in her artist's statement for the catalogue of her 2016

exhibition in the Studio of the Modern gallery in Zagreb:

“I have been creating since I remember. The inexhaustible

possibilities of today's technology, combined with ancient

techniques, made me simply fall in love with ceramics,

especially raku and obvara. My favourite subjects are the female

body, owers and leaves, which always have to t within a given

shape. The line of the drawing is my favourite concern. As I work I

anticipate the happiness my creation will give to the viewer. All the

beautiful things which surround me inspire me: the setting of the sun,

the impression of the leaf on wet clay…”

We are grateful to Ljerka for sharing with us the happiness of her creations.

Flora Turner-Vučetić, London, March 2018


Biographical note

Ljerka Njerš graduated in ceramics at the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb

and continued her education at the Zagreb Academy of Arts where she

majored in painting, graduating in 1961. Ever since she has worked as a

professional artist and has an impressive record of solo and collective

exhibitions at home and abroad. She has won many awards and

commendations. Ljerka is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists

and the Croatian Association of Applied Arts as well as the Society of

Designer Craftsmen in London. She has taken part at a number of

international symposia and has undertaken study tours of Austria,

Denmark, Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland

where she also exhibited. In 1978 she was a member of the International

jury at the “Concorso internationale della Ceramica”, Gualdo Tadino,

Italy. In Portugal she created new work at the stoneware factory Santana

and at the reputable porcelain factory, Vista Alegre in 1987-1988. In 1988

at the Curwen Studio in London headed by Stanley Jones, Ljerka

produced a series of coloured lithographs. One of them was selected for

the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in 1989.

Her rst one woman show in London was in 1965 at the University of

London, and since then she has regularly exhibited in London's

prestigious galleries including the Woodstock gallery (1966), the

Propantera Gallery (1981), Leighton House Museum (1984), Liberty's

(1985), Foyles Art Gallery (1986), Blackman Harvey Gallery (1990), and

the Curwen Gallery (1988), to mention only some. Ljerka also participated

at auction s of Contemporary Ceramics at Christie's 1985.1986.1990. and

Bonhams 1990 , 1991 , 1994, 2002, 2006. and at MAAK in 2016.

This is her second exhibition in the Croatian Embassy Art Gallery. The rst

was in 2006, when her paintings paid tribute to the famous opera singer

Milka Ternina in connection with the exhibition in the Royal Opera House.

Ljerka has contributed to the exhibitions and events in the UK organised

by her sister Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse on behalf of the International

Trust for Croatian Monuments.

She lives and works in Zagreb.

www.ljerkanjers.com

Open to the public until 3 May / Monday to Friday 10 am to 4pm

except Tuesday 1st of May when the Embassy is closed

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