Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline

Canadian, b. 1980

need eep, 2006

oil on birch plywood

76.2 x 61 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Naylor and with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program/Oeuvre achetée avec l’aide du programme d’aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada

2007-78

Categories:

Painting, Canadian Contemporary (1980-present)

A graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art and Columbia University, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline follows in many ways the Surrealist Prairie tradition established by artists such as Kenneth Lochhead, Ivan Eyre, and Esther Warkov. Kaktins-Gorsline’s paintings are an exotic mix of the grotesque and beautiful. Finding inspiration in fragments of experience both real and imagined, when Kaktins-Gorsline starts a work he never really knows how it will turn out. Animated, child-like, and yet uncanny, need eep evokes uncomfortable feelings and makes searching for meaning and understanding difficult. In this painting, gender and age are disguised; half-human and half-something else, a pathetic character stands knee deep in water, underwear sagging, hunched over in resignation to the entrails exploding from his stomach.

Sign up for e-news

Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday 11am-5pm
  • Wednesday 11am-5pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-9pm
  • Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Closed Monday

Open on the following days:

  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • August Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Remembrance Day (open 1-5pm)
  • Christmas Eve (close at 2pm)
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Louis Riel Day
  • February 23 (open at 2pm)
  • Easter

Closed on the following holidays:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

WAG Social Media

Share This

This should be hidden