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Rūta Katiliūtė. Kompozicija (pilka). 1997, drobė, aliejus, 160x110

Rūta Katiliūtė. Balti šešėliai I. 2003, drobė, aliejus, 160x190

Rūta Katiliūtė. Aureolė. 2000, drobė, aliejus, 150x75

Rūta Katiliūtė. Eskizas. 2004, popierius, aliejus, 22x28

Rūta Katiliūtė. Kompozicija. 2004, popierius, aliejus, pastelė, 24x26

Rūta Katiliūtė. Kompozicija. 2000, popierius, akvarelė, 24x26

Rūta Katiliūtė: World Without Boundaries

by Laima Kanopkienė

Air and light, rendered in colour in Turner’s fashion, and the colour turned into emotional message, powerful like in Rothko’s canvases, characterize the poetic abstractions by Rūta Katiliūtė. The art critic Raminta Jurėnaitė has called the artist’s monochromic works ‘transcendental studies of light’. The luminous effect in her canvases is achieved by exploring the most subtle hues and tones of one colour, predominantly the colour blue. Although illusionary depiction of reality is alien to the painter, her canvases open up an enchanting depth. They lead the viewer’s eye into the world without boundaries, enveloped in a thickening mist.
‘People suffocate from things. I do not attempt resuscitation, just lead them into the space instead projecting them into things‘, says the artist.
The artist improvises by putting multiple transparent colour layers on a vast canvas. There is nothing accidental or automatic in the manner she works the canvas. On the contrary, each brushstroke has to be measured and precise, as it is impossible to correct it afterwards.
‘Painting lends voice to human unconsciousness, yet the unconscious articulates its message in the language of consciousness’, says the artist. In regard to the mysterious triangle, a recurring motif in her numerous paintings, the artist has come to interpret it (even for herself) based on Kandinsky’s Colour and Form Theory: depending on its position on the plane of the canvas, it may expresses different mental states.
Rūta Katiliūtė’s career is marked by extreme vigour. The artist constantly exhibits at home and abroad, and she is a recipient of numerous stipends and scholarships. She is the first Lithuanian artist to have received the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1995. Her has greatly contributed to the re-establishing of the prestige and stature of painting on the present day artistic arena. 


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