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Title

(Aboriginal figures)

1953


Artist

Vaclovas Ratas

Australia, Lithuania

25 Feb 1910 - 03 Jan 1973


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Perth Western Australia Australia


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

18.2006


Artist information

Vaclovas Ratas

Works in the collection

17


Place

Where the work was made
Perth