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Four Figures



Teisutis Zikaras

Australia, Germany, Lithuania

05 Jul 1922 – 10 May 1991

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    linocut, printed in black ink on cream machine wove paper
    31.7 x 30.2 cm blockmark; 41.2 x 36.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "T. Zikaras -59".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Teisutis Zikaras

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Teisutis (Joe) Zikaras graduated from the School of Fine and Applied Arts in Kanaus, Lithuania in 1943, with a Diploma in Sculpture. From 1946-48 he taught drawings and sculpture at the Ecole des Arts et Metiers in Frieburg, Germany, before emigrating to Australia as a ‘displaced person’ in 1949. By 1952 he was working as a sculptor, including assisting with the carving of the Melbourne War Memorial. From 1958-78 he taught drawing and sculpture at RMIT. In 1960 he was a foundation member of the influential ‘Centre Five’ group of sculptors (with Inge King, Clifford Last and Lenton Parr, among others), which exhibited at the AGNSW in 1965. His work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria in 2009, and is held in the collections of the NGA, NGV, TMAG and other public collections in Australia and Lithuania.

    ‘Zikaras’ drawings and other works on paper provide, in some important respects, a better understanding of his character and emotions than his sculptures’ . Ken Scarlett, Teisutis Zikaras, sculptures and drawings McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, 10 May – 19 July 2009.

    Zikaras’ prints provide a link between his work in sculpture and Lithuanian graphic and folk art traditions, including peasant wood carving and relief printmaking. He drew upon traditional Lithuanian motifs with a modern sensibility and marked expressiveness.

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    Where the work was made