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Jānis Vilks’ jewellery is monumental, laconic in form and seeks to reveal the uniqueness of materials. All of these characteristics are present in his amber jewellery collection, which has preserved the natural form and texture of this gem born of resin. The artist has intervened only so much as to adapt the material to human anatomy. Vilks has also used mammoth tusk – another material with a similar place and manner of origin as amber and that likewise evokes the ancient world.
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Vilks has studied metal design and also stage design at the Art Academy of Latvia and has continued his education in a variety of stage design and painting masterclasses (1991-2000). He has participated in group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad since 1990. In 1991 Vilks won the prestigious Grand Prix award at the Prague Quadrennial.
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