(1947 - 1989)
In his art, Juris Baklans mainly focused on depiction of delicately captured cityscape and water including ships and ports as well as portrayal of closest relatives. He also painted still lifes. Art historian Ingrida Burane emphasizes J.Baklans as one of the most outstanding urban landscape painters of 20th century Latvia. [1.15.] His work reveals mastery of composition and talent of finding refined colour combinations. He used a lot of blue and black mixed with blue tones, crating special mood. In his small format paintings poeticism is merged with masculinity, reflecting simple industrial and urban scenes.
“The feeling of sadness and the colour palette are taking over the observer of Juris Baklans painting [..] Urban landscapes, saturated with existential melancholy and metaphorical depiction of estrangement” [1.21.] – says art historian Peteris Bankovskis about Baklans art.
Juris Baklans used an unusual painting technique – he mixed watercolour with tempera and applied oil paint in relaxed manner. After traveling to Europe, artist has crated series of Venetia landscapes, filled with a sense of depth and atmospheric feeling. [1.11.] Andrejs Germanis emphasizes strengths of Juris Baklans – the balance of the mind and feelings in paintings’ composition as well as the talent of colourist and striving to be independent. [1.13.] Thus the city and it’s mood reveals in clear compositions and colour relationships.
His first painting skills Juris Baklāns acquired in The J. Rosenthal Riga Art School. After graduating, he joined Latvian SSR Academy of Art where his teachers were Boriss Berzins, Konrads Ubans, Nikolajs Breikss, Vladimirs Kozins. He graduated Academy in 1972 with a diploma work "Yacht club". He worked as a restorer in The Rundale Palace Museum and The Combine of Decorative Art of The Latvian SSR Art Fund. However, he always strived to make painting as his main and only activity. He participated in exhibitions since 1973. In 1981. Baklans received the All-Union Prize for his urban landscapes.
1. Bankovskis P. Juris Baklāns, Vija Maldupe. Rīga: Neputns, 2008.
2. February 27, 1989, Riga Buša E, Vija Maldupe. Juris Baklāns dzīves mīlestība māksla, [Catalogue]. Rīga: SIA Apgāds Jāņa sēta, 2000.
3. Vilsons A. Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, part 1. Rīga: “Latvijas enciklopēdija”, 1995, P.40.