Friday, December 9, 2016
Vaclovas Ratas and the Simplicity of Linear Fantasy
Ratas created a graceful, refined and joyful world. His work underwent a great transformation, from linear graphic illustrations to his German Expressionist period, then on to ephemeral prints. He was the first and only artist to combine the Lithuanian graphic art with Japanese color techniques. He was one of those artists whose personality was fully and sincerely reflected in his works. In life, he was an extremely elegant man. He appreciated beautiful things, was an unassuming, hard-working and disciplined person with a great sense of duty. He worked intensely and regularly. In his works there is no place for accident, chance or subconsciousness. Everything is deliberate and well thought out in advance.
Vytautas the Great Museum in Kaunas, art museums in Vilnius, Telšiai and Šiauliai, the National Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth, Newcastle Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.
1937, prix d'honeur, International Graphic Art Exhibition, Paris
1946, established his own Art School in Augsburg, Germany
Art editor of the Augsburg Lithuanian weekly Žiburiai
1961, Founding member of the Sydney Printmakers Society
1965, received the silver medal from the Australian Fashion Fabric Design Awards