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Osvaldas Juška, "Games" (fragment)
Art of Osvaldas Juška

 
Osvaldas Juška, a Lithuanian painter from Panevėžys, a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, died at the age of 61 after a struggle with a serious illness. LDS Panevėžys Branch Gallery, one of the galleries that exhibited the work of Osvaldas Juškane, wrote about him: “…one of the most interesting contemporary painters, who conveys his view of life in his canvases with humour and with a sensitive and profound sense of colour. At the time, the painter said that “art is more a work of nature and it has never been so easy to paint”, while at the same time admitting that he had achieved this through daily work”. Over many years of creative practice, the painter developed a distinctive style of painting that is unlike any other. The main theme of his work is a poetic and philosophical reflection on the human being. Osvaldas paid great attention in his work to the search for distinctive colours, composition, silhouettes and new forms of expression. He sometimes used different, unusual canvas formats and created compositions on various themes.” The artist did not limit himself to painting, but also created assemblages, collages and spatial objects. (Translated from Sekunde, a Lithuanian publication.)

About the Author:

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Osvaldas Juška
Panevėžys, Lithuania

Osvaldas Juška (1960-2020), a painter from Panevėžys and a member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, was one of the most outstanding Lithuanian painters. The artist was born on May 22, 1960 in Pasvalys district. In 1979 he entered the Šiauliai Pedagogical Institute, Faculty of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1984 with a diploma in painting. After his studies, he returned to Biržai, where he worked as a teacher of drawing and draughtsmanship. After five years of teaching, he decided to devote all his time to his work and moved to Panevėžys. In 1999 he joined the Lithuanian Artists’ Union. Since 1985, the artist has actively participated in national and international exhibitions, had more than twenty personal exhibitions and participated in fifty joint exhibitions. Some of the exhibitions were organized by himself and invited colleagues. Exhibitions abroad: Daugavpils (Latvia), Grodno (Belarus), Smolensk (Russia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Chicago (USA), LeMont (USA) and others. In 2019, at the 20th International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius’19, the LDS Panevėžys Branch Gallery presented the work of Osvaldas Juška. His work was exhibited in Berlin shortly before his passing.

Osvaldas Juška
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