Vaclovas Ratas (Rataiskas) was born in Paliepsis, Lithuania. After graduating from the Kaunas School of Art in 1935, he studied in Italy. He worked as a curator at the M K Ciurlionis Gallery, Kaunas 1937-44, and from 1945-49 headed an art school in Augsberg, 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. He 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 1963-64 'Australian Print Survey'.
'Fragment in space' was exhibited with the Sydney Printmakers in 1967 (Sydney Printmakers, 1967 Farmer's Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, 12-23 September 1967, (27)). He described the technique he used in a letter to the Gallery in 1967; "metal graphic ... made by building up the printing surface with metal. It was rubbed from the back. No pressure marks because the print was made on dry thin paper".
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
collagraph, printed in black ink on ivory wove paper
artist's proof edition 1/5
60.3 x 100.4 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "V Ratas". Dated l.l., pencil "... 1966".
Not on display
© Estate of Vaclovas Ratas
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers: