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Darijus Gerlikas
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Jurgita Gerlikaite
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Art by Three Generations:

Petronele Gerlikiene, Pranciskus Gerlikas, Darijus Gerlikas, Jurgita Gerlikaite

Petronele Gerlikiene. Looking at the Sun. 1978
Cardboard, oil. 70x50 cm

Petronele Gerlikiene entered Lithuanian art at quite a venerable age. Her appearance in the world of art was rather unexpected, and the stay – brief. Nevertheless, she left a small but exceptionally authentic creative heritage. The spontaneous artistic power that manifested itself in the last years of her life and eventually transformed into an individual world of poetic visions was a gift of destiny for her as well as all of us. The archaic firmness of her work and the serene assuredness of her single truth, revealed a personality of a rare unanimity that, regardless of any hindrances from the side, managed to let the clear and spiritualized image of life’s wholeness break through the commonplace. The themes of Gerlikiene’s tapestries and paintings appear basic and simple; however through the self-evident there emerges the outline of an extremely individual and imaginative world. It is real poetry, the essence of which is beyond the exactness of words. When looking at Gerlikienė’s works one unconsciously remembers S. Riauba, S. Sepka, and those nameless talents of former epochs able to look through the surface of reality into its very depth with ingenuous wisdom.

In Gerlikiene’s works everything around and within us unites in one indissoluble layer. Nothing is separate in the bright light of her visions – trees and birds have human eyes, nature as well as humans lives and dies only temporarily, and the moment of time quietly recedes into infinity. The artist’s extraordinary vitality is expressed in a free, expressive, and perfect way. There are neither coincidences nor unimportant details in Gerlikiene’s works. The painter’s artistic flair, free of the meticulous need of perfection and the great deceit of trying-to-make-it-look-like-it’s-real, provided her with the elemental strength, and the freedom of colour and drawing controlled by a sensual impulse. The latter qualities distinguished Petronele Gerlikiene’s work from the common specimens of modern folk painting.

Petronele Gerlikiene’s impulsive nature manifested itself most vigorously in her paintings in 1977-78 when her works became marked by shadows of apprehension. The celebration of life pulsating from her early works that had fascinated with its effervescent energy, omnipresent flourishing and abundance (“A ship”, “A rowan”, “An oak tree”), now became filled with intense but extremely powerfully expressed tragedy and frightening omens whose unseeing eyes were full of sorrow (“A Mother”, “The Sorrowful One”, “Looking at the Sun”).
The world that Petronele Gerlikiene saw in her visions will not be added to or continued, but its strength of emotion and inner freedom – the core of true creativity – will never cease to appeal to us.

- Grazina Kliaugiene, Art Critic. Exhibition Catalogue Petronele Gerlikiene, 1979

Pranciskus Gerlikas. A portrait of an Art Historian V. Drema. 1979
Oil on canvas. 146x114 cm

Pranciskus Gerlikas was born in Lithuania. Professional portraitist and landscape painter P. Gerlikas has painted about 400 illustrious historical and contemporary personalities: writers, composers, actors, poets, musicians as well as portraits of children and families. Pranciskus is interested in understanding a person and his ideas in depth and paints imaginative portraits often depicting an artist in a moment of creative inspiration.
1963-1968 studied in Vilnius Academy of Arts. Acquired the qualifications of painter and art teacher. Since 1976 member of Artist association of USSR since 1991, member of Lithuanian artists' Association.
Has organized more than 40 personal exhibitions. Participated in more than 30 group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad: Russia, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, USA and elsewhere. His paintings are in Lithuanian museums, state and private collections in Lithuania, Russia, USA, Italy, Denmark and Germany.
Pranciskus Gerlikas' landscapes are moments of emotional revelation, seascapes at sunset, cloudy skies with rays of light, sunlit autumn country road and silhouettes of trees at dusk reminding of pre-historical creatures. Pranciskus Gerlikas portraits and landscapes are poetical and vibrant.

Darijus Gerlikas. Bracelet Scintillation. 2010
Gold and diamonds. Private collection

Jewellery designer Darijus Gerlikas creates unique and sculptural silver and gold art pieces with diamonds, pearls, sapphires, amethysts and other precious stones. He has a penchant to make immaculately executed lace-like designs for bracelets, rings and necklaces and is known for his creative approach to bespoke jewellery and clients treasure and return to Darijus for more pieces that exude warmth and affection of the maker.
Darijus designed variety of edgy, modern and very conceptual pieces that gained him a reputation and following in Lithuania and abroad as he is invited to participate in exhibitions and share his experience and knowledge. Darijus Gerlikas prepared and published three jewellery teaching methodology books: “Small 3D Design Objects”, “Jewellery Accessories” and “Stone Setting” in 2011. Darijus is member of Lithuanian Artists' Association since 2004, founder, president and chairman of the Board of Vilnius Fine Crafts Association of Vilnius. Darijus Gerlikas also has MBA in UNESCO Cultural Management and Cultural Policy form Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2009.

Jurgita Gerlikaite. Meditation IV. 2007
Print on canvas. 85x120 cm

Graphic artist's Jurgita Gerlikaite's pictures are meditative and ontological in its subject matter and compositions. Under the surface of stillness lurks intrigue, eyes in her portraits would follow you around the room and seeming emotional detachment hides intensity and passion. Basic human experiences good and bad leads toward metaphysical and spiritual observations.

At the very moment where consciousness supersedes "ego" or "self", humanity can gain harmony with the "outer world" which paradoxically subjectively can control the "inner space" of humanity. Here "ego" is just shown as a relative phenomenon beneath dissolute subjectivity. Stories of mysterious adventures are therefore not romantic stories having a successful epilogue but endless reincarnation.

- Rio Kojima, Professor of History, Japan. Book Jurgita Gerlikaite, Vilnius, 2009

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