Linas Jusionis

Linas Jusionis (b. 1986) from 2007 to 2011 studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts where he did his BA and in 2011 completed his MA in fresco-mosaic studies. He is a finalist (2009, 2010) and runner-up (2011) of the international competition “Young Painter Prize”. He has been participating in group and solo exhibitions since 2009.

His paintings usually contain elements of urban spaces and architecture,  as a projection of his personal experiences. His works are always balanced between a specific treatment of landscape, or space in general, and a growing likeness to abstraction.

"We strive to understand objects and project ideas onto images. I am fascinated by how they resist as much as accommodate them. I am interested in the concept of creating an image.

The issue that dominates my art practice is the question whether image can function as referring to something authentic or is it in principle auto referential and in a way mute. Painting appears to me as a system that is driven by the desire to construct a meaning out of various casual perceptions and haunting images that might be very contrasting, insignificant or fragmented. In a way it is a bit similar to telling a story that you don’t yet know.

Due to a decision to purify perceptions, keeping them as they appear in my mind, and a usage of fragmented images, the narrative becomes very ephemeral and auto referential. The painting says more about how it is constructed than refers to something beyond it. The elements of painting combined generate a circle of associations, but at the same time remains auto referential.  None of these ways of seeing is privileged. The artwork functions as an autonomous system of elements open to free interpretation and it has no prearranged meaning beyond it.

I use space, a sort of landscape to be exact, as a projection of personal experiences. My works are always balanced between a specific treatment of landscape, or space in general, and a growing likeness to abstraction. Landscape is important to me as a link to the tradition of painting. I would outline the mythical, utopian and, in a way, hedonistic aspect of it that I find in renaissance architectural frescoes or paintings from Poussin to Cy Twombly. The other aspect that usually features in my paintings is a rudimentary link to a narrative. It is important for me not to do any special research, but to stick to narratives that circulate in my mind during the creative process. It is more natural and painting documents the process of thinking.  In my latest series from my last solo show In the absence of time, waiting for it to come there was the repeated element from the story of Gino Bartali, the Italian bicycle rider and a member of Italian underground in WWII. I enjoy pairing this story with the hedonistic presence of landscape. The tensions between landscape and abstraction, narrative and self-reference, drama and idyll are things that matter to me. "

Born 1986 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
2007 - 2011
Vilnius Academy of Arts (BA)
Vilnius University, Department of Philosophy (BA; interrupted)
Selected solo exhibitions
Decadence, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
In the Absence of Time, Waiting for it to Come, KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania
There Were Just the Marks Left on the Snow, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
ARTscape: Latvia, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Suspicious Activity, Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Stretching, gallery Akademija, Vilnius, Lithuania
Linas Jusionis. 6 pictures, TULIPS & ROSES projects, Vilnius, Lithuania
Selected group exhibitions
Šakotas, VDA project space Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tapybos maršrutizatoriai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Žilvitis, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Nomadiški vaizdai, Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Vilnius, Lithuania
Still the Same Place, Linas Jusionis and Marija Snipaite, project space Malonioji 6, Vilnius, Lithuania
LTMKS exhibition In the Graveyards of Interdisciplinarity, JMVAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
(How did I get here)* Painting in Lithuania, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
The Quarters of the Chess City, Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania
21 Thursday. Summary, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Place of Occurrence. Thursday review, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Upcoming, Klaipeda Culture Communication Center, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Young Painter prize 2011, 2nd prize, Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania
May 7, The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius, Lithuania
Young painter prize ’10 ( exhibition of 10 finalists ), Pamėnkalnio gallery, Vilnius
New City Faces. 2nd Quadrennial of Contemporary Lithuanian Fine Arts, Decentralists: On the margin/ 1 meter beyond picture, Vilnius railway station
Young painter prize ’09 (exhibition of 10 finalists), Lithuanian artists association, Pamėnkalnio gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
Turbulence: the three approaches, Vilnius city hall, Vilnius, Lithuania
Catalog presents Galerija VARTAI project Thursday Review

21 Ketvirtadienis. Vilnius: Galerija VARTAI, 2012