25 Feb 1910 - 03 Jan 1973
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.
wood engraving, printed in black ink on paper
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".
Gift of June Morley 2006
Not on display