Sirje Protsin-Petersen

Sirje Petersen

Sirje Petersen (Protsin) is a painter and art teacher. She started her artist career with figurative and abstract paintings in 1980s and has become one of the significant painters in Estonian art.

Petersen has held more than 58 personal exhibitions, including in last University of Tartu The Institute of Social Studies (2018), Gallery Noorus, Tartu (2017), The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Bruxelles, Belgium (2011), Estonian Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg, Brussels (2010), Dragon Gallery, Tallinn (2003 and 2009), Tartu Art House (2009), Gallery Becker Jyväskyla, Finland (1995), Tartu Art Hall (1994), in Stockholm, in Riga etc.

Her works belong to the art collections of the Tartu Art Museum, Museum of Tartu University, Estonian Art Fund, Supreme Court of Estonia, Tartu, The Museum of New Art in Pärnu, Lüneburg City Art Collection, Germany, IBL State Art gallery, Port-Louis, Mauritius and etc.
Private collections in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Lichtenstein, Germany, Italy, Republic of Kazakhstan, Emirate of Abu Dhabi and many other collections around the world.

Petersen is a member of Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Painters’ Association and Tartu Artists’ Union. Since 2000 she is Associate Professor of painting at Pallas University of Applied Sciences.

Sirje has told:

Whatever it says to the viewer, it’s the right message because there isn’t such a thing as a wrong and a right message.

My process of work has always been grounded in pleasure and aesthetics and I am not a bit ashamed of it. This belief guides me towards creating compositions that invite and allow the viewer to investigate its surface, its purpose, and its inner feelings.

The past, the present and the future have been intertwined.

This is a spiritual, autobiographical memory where I perceive my subjective time.

The human body and color often help me visualize the thought, perception, questions – not knowing, if these will be answered.

To be outside time, to escape time’s requirements – where from? where to? where? – I feel the  curiosity and urge to exit myself, to express and share…

I am my own tempting research object. How not to drop myself or let myself be dissolved?

To accept myself the way I discover myself at a given moment.

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News 20/06/2018

Exhibitions in 2018

Among Ourselves. Woman Portraying a Woman. Curator: Kadri Asmer. Tartu Art Museum. 13.12.18–28.04.19    https://tartmus.ee/en/exhibition/among-ourselves/
Thought. Staging. Estonian Painters’ Association exhibition. Haapsalu City Gallery. 31.10.- 25.11.
Abstraktio. Pallas University of Applied Sciences professors paintings exhibition.  Gallery Laikku Tampere, Soome 04.10.-29.10.
Abstraction. Pallas University of Applied Sciences professors and students artworks exhibition Joint Exposition of the Faculty and Students’ Works. Gallery Noorus, Tartu 26.09.-20.10.
Estonian-Serbian joint exhibition “Trinaest načina da se posmatra kos/Observing the grunge in thirteen ways”. Cultural Center Remesiana, Serbia 18.06.-…
Man and Woman. XXV International Art Exhibition. Pärnu Museum of New Art. 03.06.-02.09.
SYNERGY. Exhibition of students and professors creation from the Department of Painting of the Tartu Art College. Pärnu City Gallery Artists’ House. 25.04-26.05.
EST.EETILINE? Annual exhibition of the Estonian Painters’ Association. Pärnu Museum of New Art 15.04.- 29.05.
International Painting Exhibition STABILITY. Creation of the faculty of the Department of Painting and the partner Universities. Gallery Noorus. 02.- 26.05.

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