Finally, a selection was made from the drawings from the past five years. If the overall image turned out miscellaneous, the author of the pieces had some comforting words: ‘The connecting link between these drawings absolutely exists – me!’ And it sure is a true, even if unspoken, but still widely known fact that the man, who has made it as a freelance artist since 1969, whose oeuvre includes – in addition to painting, graphics, and drawings – illustrations, jewellery, medal, carpet, and film design, as well as numerous speeches and writings, is a phenomenon who should be allowed to carry a monologue.
Thus, it is so that the only landscapes with modest ambition but grand execution in this exhibition are studies in skill and vision which were made at different times on the Kola Peninsula and in the Carpathian Mountains, in Vietnam, and in France. A small selection, and, in addition, one big painting. They are full of valleys and rivers, castles and strongholds, exuding an air of expanse where the hand of the artist fixating on these images is trying to reach the grandiose views the eye beholds, and where the philosophy of the artist does not dictate the semantic field of the picture.
In the rest, the occasional vision of space is intruded by the well-known features of Jüri Arrak’s work: trunkmen, birds, and sign persons, prophetic faces, and kind of dramatic situations. Contingently, very contingently, one could also call the time-cracked faces of some of his latest works ‘landscapes’.
 Jüri Arrak, Ilmar Vene. Ilma naljata. Kirjavahetus 1994–2000, p. 469. Publishing house Ilmamaa 2017.