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Vaclovas Ratas

(Australia, Lithuania 25 Feb 1910 – 03 Jan 1973)

Title
(Aboriginal figures)
Place of origin
PerthWestern AustraliaAustralia
Year
1953
Media category
Print
Materials used
wood engraving, printed in black ink on paper
Edition
1/25
Dimensions

12.6 x 12.6 cm blockmark

Signature & date
Signed, incised in block to print lower c., "RATAS". Signed l.r., pencil "Vaclovas Ratas". Dated lower c., pencil "... 1953".
Credit
Gift of June Morley 2006
Accession number
18.2006
Location
Not on display
Further information

Vaclovas Ratus (Rataiskis) was born in Paliepsis, Lithuania. After graduation from the Kaunas School of Art in 1935, he studied in Italy. He was curator at the M K Ciurlionis Gallery, Kaunas 1937-44, and from 1945-49 established an art school in Augsburg, Germany. His wood engravings were used to illustrate books in Lithuania and Germany.

He emigrated to Australia as a displaced person in 1949, arriving in Perth and moved to Sydney in 1954. He was a foundation member of the Sydney Printmakers with Eva Kubbos, Henry Salkauskas and critic Laurie Thomas, and a member of the Contemporary Art Society. His work grew more experimental over these years - for example, in 1959 he began making relief prints from carved blocks of plaster. His work was included in the landmark 1963-64 'Australian Print Survey' traveling exhibition.