Arturs DUBURS (DREKSLERS)
(1899 - 1973)
Arturs Duburs was a follower and implementer of R.Zarins’ creative and pedagogical principles, and a confident realist. He worked in all traditional estampe techniques, gave an important contribution to the intaglio print technique and developed an accurate, perfect drawing. He mostly worked within landscape genre, directly and precisely depicting nature of Latvia, work scenes, cultural history and cityscapes. During 1960’s he intensively worked with linocut. Duburs also gave significant contribution to Latvian applied graphic art – within timespan of 35 years he made about 1500 drawings for various manufactured goods, labels, advertisements etc. He worked also with book design and newspaper illustration. Artist’s works have been awarded in various contests.
His first draughtsman skills Arturs Duburs acquired at the studio of Estonian artist Ants Laikmaa. From 1916 until 1918, he studied at the Stieglitz’s Central School of Technical Drawing in Petrograd. In 1929, he graduated the Art Academy of Latvia, masterclass of Rihards Zarins (diploma work – lithograph “At the Ironwork”). He has worked as a teacher in various schools in Riga (1923–1945), as artist at the USSR Chamber of Commerce, department of Latvia (1948-1959) and as a freelance artist at the combine “Art” (1949-1953). He participated in exhibitions since 1930 and was a member of The Artists’ Union of Latvia since 1945.
Reihmane L. Duburs, Arturs // Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, I / Atb. red. A. Vilsons. R.: Latvijas enciklopēdija, 1995, P.133.–134.