Artists of the Vartai Gallery, Daugava Gallery, Riga, Latvia
4th St Petersburg Biennale, “Eastern Europe: Spatia Nova”, Russia
7th Osaka Triennale “Painting-96”, Mydome, Osaka, Japan
10th Triennale Paintings of Vilnius, Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
HKH Prinsgemalen, Prinsens Livregiment.
Hans Erik Lund, Boligselskabet Sct. Jørgen, Viborg, Denmark
Lene Christensen, Bach Gruppen, Viborg, Denmark
Georg Gundersen, Assens Tobaksfabrik Aktieselskab, Denmark
Peter Møller, Morsø Jernstøberi, Denmark
Leif Davidsen, author, Denmark
Britta Duelund, Mayor of Faaborg, Denmark
HH Princess Alexandra and HKH Prince Joachim of Denmark
Peter Kirstein, Proff UCL London, England
Steffen Andreasen, Mayor of Tjele, Denmark
WORKSHOPS, ARTISTS RESIDENCE
International workshop of visual arts, Švėkšna, Lithuania
9th International workshop for visual artists, Brande, Denmark
Guest artist at Hojskole, Herning, Denmark
ARTOMI International residence for artis, New York, USA
7th International workshop for visual artists, Brande, Denmark
Unesco International residence for artists, Nordic Artists Centre, Dale, Norway
International workshop for painters, Vilnius, Lithuania
International Show Down Winner 2009, Saatchi Gallery, London
two paintings (1995 -1996) bought for Lithuania National Art Museum, Lithuania
Artist of the Year, Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Artist of the Year, Daily “Lietuvos rytas” prize
Special Prize, Vilnius X Triennial of Painting, Vilnius, Lithuania
Artist of the Year, LAATGA prize, Vilnius, Lithuania
Artist of the Year, Viborg City Prize, Denmark
Second Prize, Hermis Bank art competition, Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilmantas 29.09 - 27.10 2019 Together
20 years of intense collaboration and Vilmantas’s upcoming 50th birthday are the occasions for the presentation of an exhibition featuring the finest of this unique artist and personality. The exhibition will fill both the Main gallery and NBeX project with paintings, graphic works, stained glass, painted ceramic dishes and unique jars. For those who do not yet know Vilmantas, it is worth mentioning that he has had a remarkable career since the academy in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is constantly evolving. At the request of Elisabeth and Dennis Nande in Herning, we first met Vilmantas and his wife Indra in 1997. This meeting and the following two years had major consequences for both Vilmantas’s career and gallery NB’s profile. Thus, since 2000, the artist and gallery have followed each other in thick and thin. Vilmantas is a very technically skilled and at the same time creative artist with attitudes. For example, during academy, he developed his own color gamut and a holistic mindset for his expressive works. Historically there will be evidence to describe Vilmantas - with his very unique approach to colors and his true artistic expression - as a great artistic personality with brilliant features. In addition to his normal work in the studio he has also carried out extensive decorations and portrait assignments, primarily in Denmark. Furthermore, he is an inspirer to many Lithuanian artists, as well as initiator and founder of the annual Young Painters Price, which takes place in Vilnius and attracts young artists from all three Baltic countries.
For me art is painting. Although I have tried drawing and graphic, painting remains the most intimate expression for me for many years.
Art critics attribute my art to neo-expressionism. As a student I thought of my style as being intuitive. Up until now I have developed my art and my style, I am improving it, I am looking for new and relevant variations but the essence of my art remains the same.
The severe and sometimes contrasting colours in my paintings come largely from the reflection of today's world. I use awkward and non-traditional colour harmony - colours that dare to speak boldly and clearly. I am interested in the challenges facing each painting.
I let myself create spontaneously. Artworks for me are honest actions that require the preparation and reflection before the process begins. Each of the paintings has a main theme, although they are naturally filled with additional meanings.
The themes of my paintings also reflect the environment. Some of them are my personal and everyday experiences; others are a response to today's world and its actual topics issues - politics, history, sexuality and art.
I always enjoy the artist privilege to ask awkward questions to the viewer - questions about the history of the nation, the state and the individual, victory and price of loss in policy, economy and personal life. I hope that my viewers interpret my works through their own point of view using their own experience.
I constantly participate in various art projects in Lithuania and abroad. I believe that artworks have to cross the boundaries of galleries and exhibition halls and join the urban environment bringing art to the people.