Vilmantas - Endless Journey
04.02 - 11.03
Grand opening Saturday the 4th of February at 14:00 - 16:00
The artist will open and introduce the exhibition at 14:15
- a new theme from Vilmantas Marcinkevicius
Vilmantas will never forget February 2022. Together with his family, he was on a one-week holiday in Zanzibar for the first time after Covid-19.
The freedom to be able to gather again and travel out into the world excited Vilmantas. And as always, he was also curious and interested in what the local opportunities could offer. And of course he found Zanzibar to be a breathtaking island with sand, beach, hotels and an endless ocean.
But one day he sat in the bow of a small boat and looked out over the Indian Ocean. In the situation, Vilmantas was completely filled with a wonderful experience of the dynamics and interaction between the light, the sea, the sky and infinity.
A deep and intense experience, where the changes and changes of color beyond the sea and on the horizon set themselves as strong emotional imprints in his memory. So violent that at home in the studio he had to find a new artistic expression for his new thoughts about this experience of the infinity between sky and sea.
The normally figurative artist therefore went to the studio and sat down to put his impressions on canvas. In the beginning, it became three paintings, the expression of which overwhelmed the very few who were allowed a first look at the paintings. Among others, I was allowed to experience them myself - first in photos and then in reality.
I actually couldn't believe my eyes. Here I was faced with some works of art that filled me with just as much astonishment, palpitations and joy as when I had visited the Munch Museum in Oslo two weeks earlier. Without any comparison between the artists Edward Munch and Vilmantas Marcinkevicius, but still with a sincere joy at being allowed to face art, which set my endorphins in motion to such an extent.
Soon after, the gallery, with Vilmantas among others, participated in the art fair Art Vilnius 2022.
We chose to take two of the paintings to the art fair as a test of the audience's reactions to the new paintings. And what reactions!
The paintings were immediately sold to dedicated art collectors and at the same time the paintings created a lot of wonder and admiration around Vilmantas' new theme.
An exhibition must of course have a title. The theme around the endless journey towards the horizon, the dreams or the goals is gathered in the title of the exhibition: Endless Journey, which exclusively presents the paintings and ceramic works which are the result of several months of animated effort by Vilmantas.
Seen in the context of previous exhibitions, we stand with something unique. All the works have the same composition, but the individual works have very different expressions in color and dynamics. As a whole, you feel the coherence of the title and at the same time you sense a harmonious, dynamic and beautiful intensity in each individual work of art.
The artist in the bow
For example, it is amazing how the deep and almost greasy ultramarine blue color creates a base for a touch of yellow-orange strokes. Or something similar, but this time with a red sky over a yellow sea in motion. Each time with the artist sitting in the bow of the boat, as the symbol of the difference between stability and movement. The bow of the boat appears almost like an exhibition bench for the artist and all the rest of us who want to be amazed by the breathtaking view.
Together with Vilmantas, these works give us an opportunity to dream and think big thoughts. Can we reach the horizon, or is the goal too far into infinity for us to reach?
As another explorer, we do not know what awaits us. But together with Vilmantas artworks, we can go on an endless, inspiring and magical journey of discovery for life.
Thorkild NB Nielsen