On certain days, when it seems like doom and gloom dominates the world, it is deeply refreshing to look at the work of an artist like Kestutis Jauniskis. Optimism and light drip from every canvas, each form and image is drenched in a late summer sun. By using fragmented memories of his childhood home, the artist creates a partly real dreamscape of places and feelings he once knew in detail. This childlike quality is infused in each picture, with every leaf and brick in the wall captured with the loving devotion of an inquisitive child. There is never a cloud in the sky in these pictures as the sunny weather seems to stretch out for a golden eternity. Heavily influenced by his native Lithuania, as well as by the Nordic countries to the north, Kestutis Jauniskis captures the feeling of midnight sun and fresh, crisp breezes.
It is hard to pick highlights from such a wonderful and extensive collection of paintings, but I am completely taken by ‘Gothic Architecture’. The blue and yellow sing together, creating a zesty, vivacious image, while the simple outline of the building shows it off in a naïve way. This picture is simple and striking and would brighten up any corner of any room. Similarly, his ‘Nordic Motif’ is a painting of obvious beauty and energy. The deep blue sinks heavily into the canvas and the combination of forms work together in balance and harmony. A slightly more unusual image is shown in his series entitled ‘Strange in Shape’, which shows glistening white objects set against an azure horizon.
Whatever they represent, there is no doubting the loveliness and beauty of the resulting image. This is a collection of stylish and simple artworks that would give any collector years of pleasure from. As ever, Paul is on hand if you have further questions.