Art from Lithuania
Audrius Gražys, born in Kaunas in 1963, is one of Lithuania’s most renowned artists. He lives and works in Vilnius, and currently resides in Paris and Lithuania. He studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, where he received a Master of Arts, and has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association since 1992. He has had more than 30 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions all over the world. In addition, he has been awarded several prizes at various international biennial and triennial arts festivals.
International art critics call Audrius Gražys an aristocrat of abstraction and describe his canvases as abstract poetry. His painting is very sensitive, almost therapeutic. Audrius Gražys favours a “double exposure” technique, in which an extroverted painting is muted by hushed colour. Yet this is not the poetry of extinction, self-refusal or the triumph of vigilant consciousness over the subconscious. The targeted foreground layer scintillates with contrasting active colours, sharp edges and sweet foams; each episode is full of meaning and self-assertion. The upper layer is monochromatic, non-aggressive and somewhat soft but eagerly devouring its base. Here we witness a heated dispute between a passionate and a lazy painting (they often coexist quite peacefully, though). The paintings are used as a testing field for colour balance, their temperature scales and optical possibilities. These are also the tests Audrius Gražys carries out in his abstractions.