About Gedas Paskauskas

Artist Statement

Often an idea for a large painting will begin with the observation of nature and loosely painted oil sketches. The scale of these studies, which are usually small, allow for a quick capture of the effect of fleeting light and composition. In the studio these small paintings become the inspiration for larger scale works.

Typically I will work on several paintings of the same subject simultaneously. It is here that the elements of landscape take on new meaning. With the use of charcoal and bold expressive layers of paint, trees, rocks, buildings and clouds are allowed to mingle and dance across the surface in a lyrical display, sometimes taking on a biomorphic appearance. During this process, composition and objects within may be repainted a number of times. Subsequent steps may include opaque color, more charcoal etched irectly into wet paint, and translucent glazes. The result is a gradual departure from representation. This painting process of destroying and rebuilding, in time, enables a transformation to take place. In the end the painting is successful when it not only evokes memories of a real place, but when lyrical and gestural forms reflect a more personal sentiment.

Bio

A native of Rhode Island, Gedas Paskauskas began his art education in 1970 at the School of the Worcester Art Museum. After graduation, he continued his private study with Robert Douglas Hunter in Boston. In 1975, Gedas began a career as a commercial photographer and later as a mural artist. Co-founding Bopas Inc. in 1981, a mural and decorative painting company. He branched out to form Gedas Paskauskas Studios, Inc. in 2005.

His personal work reflects his observation of nature, but transposes light and form to convey a more personal sentiment, reducing visual information to the elements of pure expression. Gedas divides his work and time between his studios in Boston and Little Compton, RI.

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Recent Exhibitions

2013Exhibition 6 @ 4, Gallery 4, Tiverton, RI
2013New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA
2012Audio Concepts, No Naked Wall, Boston, MA
2011Tides & Sky, Gallery55, Natick, MA
2010MCCA at BCEC Fenway Artists, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
2009Fenway Artists, Now and Then, Vose Gallery, Boston, MA
2007New works from Fenway Studios, Massport Logan Airport, Boston, MA
2007New Work, Red Dot Gallery, Dorchester, MA
2005Centennial Exhibition, St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA
2003Centennial Exhibition, Vose Gallery, Boston, MA
2002Fenway Artists on Holiday, Vose Gallery, Boston, MA
2001National Small Works Open, Juried exhibition, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
1999National Juried Exhibition, Artforms Gallery, Manayunk, Philidelphia, PA
1998Landscapes, Upstairs @ Johnson, Boston, MA
1997American Experience, Perry House Galleries, Alexandria, VA
1996144 Square, International Small Painting Competition. Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Ct

Education

1975 - 1977Robert Douglas Hunter, Atelier. Private study in landscape and human anatomy.
1970 - 1973School of the Worcester Art Museum, graduate. Painting major