Portraits von dem litauischen Maler Andrius Zakarauskas für das Kunstmagazin ArtBerlin.
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A particular tension is characteristic of Zakarauskas´ work: although his paintings are representational and figurative, what exactly is being portrayed is not concrete or clearly defined. The moderately marked figures in Zakarauskas´ paintings seem ephemeral. People become shadows fluttering in space or blend with them, turning into dark smudges on the Earth´s surface. The intensity of reality and illusion is fuelled further by motives of painting within a painting. The artist often portrays himself in a studio or a gallery, standing in front of his painted canvas. He is the author and the audience at the same time. Andrius Zakarauskas aims to provoke the spectator by making them question his artworks: if the motives were animate or inanimate in nature, if the works themselves are motives, or whether it´s both. Blurring the line between reality and fiction is a central theme of Zakarauskas´ paintings. The colours chosen by the artist, as well as his painting style, determine the vagueness of images and ideas. His dimmed monochrome palette is filled with nuanced matte grey and blue-grey tones, deep dark shades of black and brown. This gamut is brightened by little glowing accents of white, pink, teal, blue or light brown. The artist aims for an eloquent contrast between deep
dimension, achieved by glazing, and flat figures and objects, painted in expressive broad strokes. Another significant means of expression in Zakarauskas´ paintings is fragmented motives such as interior “framing”, zooming in on and enlarging the chosen details. Some fragments are enhanced cinematographically, other are almost fused with the surroundings by using particular painting tools. Zakarauskas erases the line between himself and the painting. He portrays a state of confusion and uncertainty, when there is no point of reference, because a more specific direction is not crystal clear yet. However, this emptiness filled with melancholy and anxiety is pulsating with life and magic of painting. Zakarauskas lives and works in Vilnius. He has exhibited in Germany, China, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and many other countries.