My practice is interdisciplinary and improvisational. While focusing on painting and drawing other mediums such as photography are also indulged to reflect my background in visual art, music and architecture. As the son of a Lithuanian
refugee artist and a Spanish mother who migrated to New Norcia to become a nun, issues of exile and landscape have informed my practice.
The images presented here are improvisations attempting to reconcile various tensions using the medium of paint. For example tensions between the objective landscape and the subjective scape in which the relationship between figurative
and abstracted fields are explored.
Another tension is that between the natural environment and the built environment in the landscape. For the exile, the newly
presented landscape presents as a strange new environment to be considered, explored and related to with varying degrees of apprehension going forward with all the intuition and analytical skills one can muster. This is also a metaphor which
describes my improvisational process in artmaking. The paintings often depict a quiet ambiguous abstracted landscape with muted colours and amorphous forms which allude to an intuitive approach while any vestiges of architectural linework and geometry symbolize the built environment both in the landscape and the mind in terms of analytical thought processes. These lines often dissolve to highlight the impermanent nature of these relationships. The exile may struggle spiritually, psychologically and physically to address notions of belonging and longing.
In the sense that perhaps we are all exiles in some way, hopefully my paintings reflect this struggle and offer some insights to the viewer. Although I have practiced drawing and painting from a young age with many outings into the landscape to paint with my father and then studying special art at Applecross high school, since completing my honours degree in fine art at
Curtin University only a few years ago, I still consider myself an emerging artist.
In 2017 I was awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the City of Busselton Art Award. More recently I have been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Perth Royal Art Award and have just been awarded Overall Winner of the 2018 City of Busselton Art Award.