About

Mykolé (b. 1987) studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts), where obtained the bachelor and Master degrees. Lived in Paris for more than 8 years. 2015-2017 owned an artist studio in Copenhagen. Since 2017 lives and creates in Vilnius. One of the winners of an international contest “Young Painter Prize 2013”. In 2016 represented Lithuania at UNESCO art camp in Andorra. A series of her paintings were given as a prize to the very best horse riders in France at “Grande Semaine de Fontainebleau”. Plenty of her solo exhibitions were held in Paris, Denmark, Lithuania. Also numerous of group exhibitions, residences and plein-airs in different countries. Mykolé had the honour to be known with Jonas Mekas, visited the workshop of Pranas Gailius, collaborated with Dominique Gauther. The complete collection of painting and drawing works consist of more than 250. Download introduction of Mykolé and the selected works (pdf)

“The landscape’s subject is very special. It doesn’t have politics, bad history or any intentions at all – just pure sustainability. Nature’s sustainability is unique because it doesn’t require any external maintenance – it is self-sustainable. All is needed – just not to disturb this process too much. But even if it is influenced somehow artificially, nature is a strong player in this struggle. I like to express how nature “absorbs” human’s constructed structures and non-sustainable trash, how it all becomes the part of the landscape. Nature which I paint is like an empty theatre scene, but at the same time, there is a sense of movement and development which occurred in the past and is coming in the future. It is also the historical document, laying in front of our eyes. We can read it like page after page, layer after layer. There is nothing by accident, everything has its story, but does it really matters to anyone except human? The man gives meaning to things, but Nature is just a blind and purposeless desire of life, of constant, cyclical renewal. Nature finds its balance and way.” [M]

Art critic Justina Augustytė

The dominant genre in Mykolé’s work is landscape. The choice of the genre distinguishes her among the young generation of Lithuanian painters who most often tend to figurative painting, quite often with a clear social and political motivation. The landscape is often related with nature studies or romantic and idealised views of the homeland fields. However, Mykolé’s work confirms that the contemporary landscape genre is quite in touch with the newest art tendencies and can be interesting and relevant today.
The painter chooses simple and easily recognisable motifs: details of a landscape with occasionally appearing buildings, engineering constructions, or solitary human figures. She represents different times of the year and the day, different weather conditions and the range of colours characteristic of the landscape at a given time. In her stylised and generalised landscapes, the painter enjoys a large variety of colours and structures and emphasises the rhythm of natural elements. By inserting architectural objects or other signs of human activity into her paintings, she discovers harmony in the contrasts of strict and free forms (for example, the rhythm of a ploughed field and tree branches). Mykolé uses one-layer painting, and her works seem light and transparent. Canvas showing through a thin layer of paint adds some atmospheric shimmer to the paintings.
Landscapes of Lithuania emerged in Mykolé’s work while she was studying in Paris as an expression of memories of the time spent in Lithuania or longing for her homeland. The artist depicts actual locations that she has visited and holds important. She is looking for a balance to the dynamics and noise of the city in nature. Her landscapes are empty and spacious, and predispose the viewer to meditation. Melancholic and lyrical moods that can often be felt in her paintings supplement the autobiographical history of the appearance of landscapes. Thus, although being real, they also become inner psychological landscapes – places that are consciously and subconsciously experienced inside oneself. Geometrised and flattened forms of the views of nature seem reminiscent of set design and look like a theatre set in which a scene from a nostalgic dream is played.

 

Art critic Ingrid Luquet-Gad

Deep from within the landscapes of Mykolé, we perceive vast Nordic expanses where man is absent. Nature is abounding, with the sky vast and open, but a certain gravity seems to descend upon the scene and press upon it like a lead weight. Of Lithuanian origin, but based in Paris for the past five years, Mykolé first made landscape paintings taken from the early 3D videogames, which call to mind the simplification of surfaces obtained through geometrisation. In the decidedly more organic direction of her later works, the haunting rhythm of the strokes allows her, by little means, to express the space and atmosphere of the places that are familiar to her—places where she likes to return several times a year to see the succession of the seasons. The surfaces of her latest paintings are brought to life by a web of delicate vertical strokes primarily expressing the substrate life force of the renewal of nature. It is a visual translation of sorts, illustrating the “blind desire of life without purpose” which Schopenhauer had derived all forms of matter in The World as Will and Representation. An underground energy spreads similarly to that of magma, slow and relentless, sometimes overflowing, therefore coming to manifest itself in the form of drips on the surface of the paintings. It is essentially this cyclical period that she works to transcribe, that, in her words, nature is “always in the present” and has no past.

PROFILE

4 ART SCHOOLS

1999-2006: M.K.Čiurlionis art school in Vilnius. 2006-2007: Vilnius Academy of Art. 2007-2008: Prep’art. Preparatory school of arts in Paris. 2008-2013: National School of Fine Arts in Paris (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts).

INFLUENCED

Mykolé had the honour to collaborate with Jonas Mekas, Dominique Gauther, visited the workshop of Pranas Gailius. Found some essential new approaches in the lectures of professor philosopher Pierre Bergounioux.

3 COUNTRIES

Born in Vilnius, also lived in Paris and Copenhagen. Now once again located in Vilnius, but remained an especially close link with Paris, where goes a few times every year. Is open for frequent travels abroad.

3 LANGUAGES

Can easily communicate in French, English and Lithuanian.

>200 WORKS

The complete collection of painting and drawing works is constantly growing.

14 SOLO EXH.

The solo exhibitions were held in Paris, Copenhagen, Vilnius. Attended numerous group exhibitions, symposiums and plein-airs in different countries.

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