GITTI Gitanavaicys |

United Kingdom

July 2018

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As an artist, who came from Lithuania to England, and subsequently been affected by sudden exposure to large variety of cultures and languages, I have been working to reflect also emphasize little nuances of people’s everyday life and diverse cultures. Adapting to a new life, made me explore and experiment with different styles of painting, and introducing various mediums to my work. Growing up partly deaf in a silent family, with deaf parents, forced me to quietly watch and observe people around me every day. Accurately observing those people, watching their body language, and using lip reading, helped me to understand conversations and interact with people as others do. Even today, the practice of observing fascinates me, and my work has been affected by that. It is no surprise, that most of my paintings are in the form of figurative or portrait painting using oils and acrylics, often painted in bold colours, combining a realistic style with abstract features to compliment this boldness. This enables the paintings to be simplified by changing parts that have less importance, by removing detail or having areas replaced by abstract shapes. The colour and abstract shapes can influence a painting’s emotion and energy. Spending large amounts of time observing people makes you notice personality traits that creates their characters. I try to convert these personality traits such as shyness, calm or passionate onto canvas. My observations force me to concentrate on the focal point, while the background has been blurred out of importance; this is translated into my pieces that feature detailed subjects contrasting with abstract and odd backgrounds and surroundings. My latest works are afected by the change in lifestyle because of covid. Spending more time in the nature, felt the need to paint it's beauty, and the way nature affects me. I love including colourful stripes, shapes and patterns in my work, it gives me the feeling of order within disorder, much like myself not hearing properly, trying to put everything in order with other methods.



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