I am very proud to have been a part of the Hanseatic Gold exhibition which takes place in the summer of 2021 in Riga, Latvia at the Riga Art Space.
For the exhibition I painted a picture which I hope summarises the modern Hanseatic League: trade, technology, tradition, respect for history and common interest.
Elements of the painting include: a Claas tractor (made in Germany – a Hanseatic country) which represents agriculture, Business men and women, engineers, industrial robot, Hanseatic architecture, modern container ships, skyscraper based on a Swedish design, a bridge similar to the Denmark-Sweden bridge, a jetliner and a satellite. All the modernity of the current Hanseatic League!
The Hanseatic League was a trading league which began in medieval times and went on to dominate trade in the Baltic and Northern Europe until the late sixteenth century, with its own armies and laws. It left a legacy of great architecture and built prosperity in Northern Europe.
I was delighted to see my painting used as a backdrop to a traditional music event in Riga and at the opening of the Hanseatic Weekend. Here is the opening ceremony with the picture featured in the background.