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Aloyzas Smilingis, Thinker

Aloyzas Smilingis Thinker, 1990

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Sculpture : bronze, bronze patina

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    18.9 x 5.1 x 5.9 inch

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 10 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Zurich - Switzerland

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Minimalistic bronze sculpture, covered in dark patina was created in 1990. In total only 6 sculptures were casted and 5 of them are owned by private collectors in Denmark, Japan, Iceland, USA and Lithuania.

    This is the sixth edition and the author commits to the maximum edition of 10, by signing the artwork and the Certificate of Authenticity that is provided with this artwork.

    The image of a thinker has been widely portrayed throughout art history until nowadays. People have been wondering about the meaning of life through ages and still are in search for the right answers. Smooth shapes and dark patina have an elegant simplicity. This minimalistic sculpture does not prompt any answers, but radiates calamity and philosophical contemplation.
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Aloyzas Smilingis

Lithuania Born in: 1938
Translation in progress

Aloyzas Smilingis (Elis) was born in a village and had no relation to professional art in his childhood, although his artistic abilities appeared at an early age. He saw his first painting at the age of seventeen and was so impressed that he decided to become an artist.

Elis entered Vilnius Institute of Art without any prior preparation where he have studied graphics. He quitted graphics straight after the graduation as well as he quitted with the current socialist methods, so the artist was not welcome at the exhibitions and did not have so many commissions.

Elis was interested in painting and sculpture. He started working with granite, established a bronze foundry for sculptures. Every time when he got tired from sculpture, he took the brush in his hands and created paintings.

"Artistic ideas are more important than dependence on some workshop of faithfulness to one genre or style. I am not keen on reproducing myself. My thinking is changing and so does my art. I remain self-critical and walk on", said Elis.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union painter and sculptor had a chance to visit the West and get acquainted with the collections in best museums of New York, Amsterdam, London and meet famous artists. This had a great effect on his esthetical views.

Meeting Willem de Kooning was the most impressive event in Elis career. He visited his studio in East Hampton, NY, where they shared ideas and artistic views.

"I understood that the value of art does not depend on the number of exhibitions, nor prestigious projects, critics or curators. It is not my problem where my piece will be hanging and who will be showing it in some exhibition after a hundred years. That is why I don’t go out in the public and don’t waste my energy preparing for shows and projects. People who are interested in my art find me and sometimes take away the works that are difficult to let go", says Elis, who calls himself a free artist.

In his seventies, to the surprise of his family, Elis mastered digital technology and started creating impressive digital abstractions.

Artist resides and works in Lithuania, his art is owned by several Lithuanian museums and belongs to private collectors in Australia, Italy, USA, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and Japan.
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