Olev Subbi: Using Paint to Find an Ideal World

    After deportation and imprisonment in Siberia from 1949 to 1957, Olev Subbi (1930–2013) returned to Estonia and resumed his art studies. During the 1960s–1980s his art was somewhat exceptional under the strict Soviet Estonian regime. He developed into a representative of the subtle French palette and a creator of Cezanne-like pure art.

    Subbi painted transposed spaces, towns and landscapes, looking for deeper aesthetic and human values, which he then fitted into his unique style of painting. It was during that period that Subbi created his masterpieces: exquisite works in various painting genres mixing Estonian landscapes with ideal worlds. Curator: Ülle Kruus.