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Lara Ješe is an animal artist living and working amid the pristine nature of Slovenia.

"In my art, I tell stories through animals and their characters. They give faces to the emotions and situations I'm processing in my daily life and bring them on canvas through the infinite world of art."

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Ever since Lara Ješe was a child, she has been enchanted by the entire animal kingdom.  At some point in her life, her interest in the natural world almost made her enrol in Biology studies. However, her love for the Arts prevailed, so she pursued Fine Arts at the Ljubljana and Leipzig Art Academies.

In her art, Ješe doesn't limit herself to a specific style or medium but she remains devoted to portraying animals as her main motif. Throughout the journey, she has also had the opportunity to work with various animal models in her art production, particularly with horses and cows. The touch they added to her creativity was indispensable, and working with them changed the way she perceived them as individuals and as characters in her art from then on.

Midas (Lulu the calf) golden calf Lara Ješe

Education

2012-2016

Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana 

MA Fine Arts and Design

2014-2015

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig

MA Fine Arts and Graphic

Exhibitions

2024

(upcoming) Sora Gallery, Sora, Slovenia, solo exhibition, November 2024

 

(upcoming) “Slovene Cows,” Sokolski dom, Škofja Loka, Slovenia, solo exhibition, August 2024

“Svežina in moč umetnosti: Odsevi družbe” (The Freshness and Power of Art: Reflections of Society) ZDSLU Gallery and KLET Video Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, group exhibition, 9. 5. – 8. 6. 2024

 

“Barva in odsotnost barve” (Colour and the Absence of Colour) DLUM Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia, group exhibition, 9. 4. – 11. 5. 2024

 

“Slovenia, Open for Art 2023,” Pavelhaus, Bad Radkersburg, Austria, group exhibition, 1. – 28. 3. 2024

 

“Harmonie des Ausdrucks: Künstlerische Gespräche durch eine Vielfalt von Medien” (Harmony of Expression: Artistic Dialogue Through a Variety of Media) Haus der Kunst Baden, Baden, Austria, group exhibition, 16. – 25. 2. 2024

“Prešernov smenj 2024 – Tihožitje” (Prešeren's Fair 2024 – Still Life), Small Gallery LDK, Kranj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 8. – 25. 2. 2024

2023

Mali format (Small format), Small Gallery LUDKR, Kranj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 19. 12. 2023 - 19. 1. 2024

Sales Exhibition, Kranj House Gallery, Kranj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 19. 12. 2023 - 19. 1. 2024

Iskanje izgubljenega časa (Searching for Lost Time), Sora Gallery, Sora, Slovenia, group exhibition, 18. 12. 2023 - 18. 1. 2024
 

Leto konja (Year of the Horse), Simon Jenko Hall, Mavčiče, Slovenia, solo exhibition, 8. 12. 2023 - 22. 12. 2023

 

“Risba – Mednarodni festival likovnih umetnosti Kranj” (Drawing – The International Fine Arts Festival Kranj), various galleries in Kranj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 5. 10. - 4. 11. 2023

Smisao komunikacije (The Purpose of Communication), Gallery of the Special Police, group exhibition, Zagreb, Croatia, 1. - 15. 9. 2023

Majski salon 2023 – Misterij Gea (May Salon - GEA Mystery), Cultural Centre Delavski dom, Zagorje, Slovenia, group exhibition 16. 6.– 17. 8. 2023

“Zlatega teleta dom” (The Golden Calf's Home), Kranj House Gallery, Kranj, Slovenia, solo exhibition, 13. 6. - 9. 7.2023

New Members' Exhibition, Small Gallery LDK, Kranj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 6. - 30. 6. 2023

Dobimo se v Mariboru (Let's Meet at Maribor), DLUM Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia, group exhibition, 9. 5. - 3. 6. 2023

Papir naš vsakdanji (Our Daily Paper), HDLU Pula Gallery, Istra, Croatia, group exhibition, 29. 4. - 25. 5. 2023

2022

“Živina, grunta korenina!” (Livestock, the Root of the Estate!), Trainstation Subart Street Gallery, Kranj, Slovenia, solo exhibition, August - September 2022

2020

“I3”, ZKD Kranj, Kranj, Slovenia, solo exhibition, 13. 10. - 15. 11. 2020

“Ex-Tempore Karneval”, Ptuj City Gallery, Ptuj, Slovenia, group exhibition, 14. 2. - 4. 3. 2020

2018

“Funnaminal Menagerie”, James Joyce Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland, solo exhibition, 16. 7. - 11. 8. 2018

 

“HARP 2018”, Barnag, Hungary, group exhibition, 5. 8. 2018

“Lineage and Legacy: The Imaged Horse”, Ucross Gallery, Clearmont, Wyoming, USA, group exhibition, 5. 3. - 9. 6. 2018

“The Artbox Project New York 1.0”, Stricoff Gallery, Art Quartier Chelsea, New York, USA, group exhibition, 5. - 17. 3. 2018

2017

“HARP 2017”, Barnag, Hungary, group exhibition, 9. 8. 2017

 

“The ArtBox Project Basel 1.0”, Euroairport, Basel, Switzerland, group exhibition, 14. - 18. 6. 2017

2016

Master’s Exhibition: “Golden Calf,” Stara Zadruga Mavčiče, Kranj, Slovenia, solo exhibition; 30. 9. - 7. 10. 2016

2015

“Graphic Spring,” Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; group exhibition; 21. - 27. 12. 2015

“Graphic Spring,” CGU Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia; group exhibition; 1. - 30. 10. 2015

“Battery: Graphics,” Cafe Pungert Gallery, Kranj, Slovenia; solo exhibition; 8. 4. - 5. 5. 2015

“Art Students’ Exposition,” Vakuum Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia; group exhibition; 16. - 23. 4. 2015

Semester HGB Exhibition, HGB Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; group exhibition; 12. - 15. 2. 2015

“Zum Mitnehmen,” art event and interactive exhibition at HGB Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; group exhibition; 29. 1. 2015

2014

Semester ALUO Exhibition, ALUO, Ljubljana, Slovenia; group exhibition, 6. - 30. 6. 2014

“Midas,” solo art performance; outdoor studio in Kranj, Slovenia; 16. 6. 2014

“Month of Culture Exhibition,” Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia; group exhibition; 5. - 27. 3. 2014

“U35,” Sokolski dom, Škofja Loka, Slovenia; group exhibition; 3. - 22. 1. 2014

2013

“Young Artists and Charity,” Crystal Palace BTC, Ljubljana, Slovenia; group exhibition; 21. - 28. 11. 2013

“Beauty and Gold,” CSD Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia; solo exhibition; 4. 10. 2012 - 22. 1. 2013

2012

“Entrance,” Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia; group exhibition; 20. 6. – 2. 7. 2012

Art prizes and awards

2023

Ex-Tempore 1st prize at “Ex-tempore Sora,” Sora, Slovenia, 18. 12. 2023

Ex-Tempore main prize at “Premio Arte Coseano” (Art Award Coseano), 24 Anni D’Arte, Coseano, Italy, 24. 9. 2023

 

Art quality recognition award for the main prize at “Premio Arte Coseano” (Art Award Coseano), 24 Anni D’Arte, Coseano, Italy, 24. 9. 2023

 

Main prize for the Quality of Artwork at "Slovenija, odprta za umetnost" (Slovenia, Open for Art), 31. International Art Symposium, Sinji Vrh nad Ajdovščino, (SI), 18. - 26. 6. 2023

Residencies

2023

"Slovenija, odprta za umetnost" (Slovenia, Open for Art), 31. International Art Symposium, Sinji Vrh nad Ajdovščino, (SI), 18. - 26. 6. 2023

2018 

"HARP" (Horse and Art Research Program) Artist Residency, Barnag (HU), 27. 7. – 8. 8. 2018

2017 

"HARP" (Horse and Art Research Program) Artist Residency, Barnag (HU), 29. 7. – 11. 8. 2017

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