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A creative adventure in colour and re<br />

At the Croatian Embassy Art Gallery<br />

21 Conway Streeet, London W1T 6BN


Ljerka Njerš is one of the most versatile and internationally acclaimed Croatian<br />

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

who found her inspiration in traditional and modern techniques adapting<br />

them to suit her rich imagination and ne sensitivity. She is not unknown to<br />

the London public, but this time she comes to London to reveal how she is<br />

successfully at ease with a new medium of painting on silk and remind<br />

us of her creativity with samples of her artwork in other materials.<br />

In preparation for her grand retrospective exhibition in the Museum<br />

of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb in 2007, she surprised the curators with<br />

her new venture in glass moulding and painting. It was such a<br />

revelation that commissions followed and her amazing,<br />

glistening glass panels ranged from table tops to precious<br />

jewellery. In an impressive richly illustrated monograph that<br />

followed in 2012, Ljerka was hailed for her last adventure in<br />

glass as a pinnacle of her career. Little the authors knew that<br />

four years later Ljerka once again will apply her creativity to<br />

another material but retaining her style and choice of<br />

themes. The light brush stroke imaginatively ows on a<br />

sensuous surface of pure silk and her vibrant colours are<br />

present in her digitally manipulated photographs.<br />

Whichever material Ljerka works with, whichever technique<br />

she applies, she does it with total dedication and love for her<br />

work. She could not have expressed it better than she has<br />

done in her artist's statement for the catalogue of her 2016<br />

exhibition in the Studio of the Modern gallery in Zagreb:<br />

“I have been creating since I remember. The inexhaustible<br />

possibilities of today's technology, combined with ancient<br />

techniques, made me simply fall in love with ceramics,<br />

especially raku and obvara. My favourite subjects are the female<br />

body, owers and leaves, which always have to t within a given<br />

shape. The line of the drawing is my favourite concern. As I work I<br />

anticipate the happiness my creation will give to the viewer. All the<br />

beautiful things which surround me inspire me: the setting of the sun,<br />

the impression of the leaf on wet clay…”<br />

We are grateful to Ljerka for sharing with us the happiness of her creations.<br />

Flora Turner-Vučetić, London, March 2018

Biographical note<br />

Ljerka Njerš graduated in ceramics at the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb<br />

and continued her education at the Zagreb Academy of Arts where she<br />

majored in painting, graduating in 1961. Ever since she has worked as a<br />

professional artist and has an impressive record of solo and collective<br />

exhibitions at home and abroad. She has won many awards and<br />

commendations. Ljerka is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists<br />

and the Croatian Association of Applied Arts as well as the Society of<br />

Designer Craftsmen in London. She has taken part at a number of<br />

international symposia and has undertaken study tours of Austria,<br />

Denmark, Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland<br />

where she also exhibited. In 1978 she was a member of the International<br />

jury at the “Concorso internationale della Ceramica”, Gualdo Tadino,<br />

Italy. In Portugal she created new work at the stoneware factory Santana<br />

and at the reputable porcelain factory, Vista Alegre in 1987-1988. In 1988<br />

at the Curwen Studio in London headed by Stanley Jones, Ljerka<br />

produced a series of coloured lithographs. One of them was selected for<br />

the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in 1989.<br />

Her rst one woman show in London was in 1965 at the University of<br />

London, and since then she has regularly exhibited in London's<br />

prestigious galleries including the Woodstock gallery (1966), the<br />

Propantera Gallery (1981), Leighton House Museum (1984), Liberty's<br />

(1985), Foyles Art Gallery (1986), Blackman Harvey Gallery (1990), and<br />

the Curwen Gallery (1988), to mention only some. Ljerka also participated<br />

at auction s of Contemporary Ceramics at Christie's 1985.1986.1990. and<br />

Bonhams 1990 , 1991 , 1994, 2002, 2006. and at MAAK in 2016.<br />

This is her second exhibition in the Croatian Embassy Art Gallery. The rst<br />

was in 2006, when her paintings paid tribute to the famous opera singer<br />

Milka Ternina in connection with the exhibition in the Royal Opera House.<br />

Ljerka has contributed to the exhibitions and events in the UK organised<br />

by her sister Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse on behalf of the International<br />

Trust for Croatian Monuments.<br />

She lives and works in Zagreb.<br />

www.ljerka<strong>njers</strong>.com<br />

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

except Tuesday 1st of May when the Embassy is closed<br />

RSVP acceptances only to: vrhlon@mvep.hr

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