Igoris Piekuras 1935-2006, Eternal Spring, 31-10 05 2021


Yes, the general public knows him more as a landscape painter. In recent years, he has painted only nature, pouring watercolors. He wanted no civilization - just nature. True, he didn’t explain too much what and why he does what he wants from nature. He has said that they should not be exploited - all they have to do is enjoy, enjoy, according to the Russian word "sozercat". Painting apparently had its tasks. He has said that it is important to him how the air vibrates. Impressionists were interested in similar issues, ”said his son Gediminas. Today, Igor Piekur's pictorial legacy returns in various forms: as unique signs of the Soviet era, silent resistance to the time of constraints and prohibitions, silent reflections on the meaning of life or a chronicle of family life. Invited by two sons of Igor Piekuras - painter Marijus Piekuras and sculptor Gediminas Piekuras, I suddenly found myself in the suburbs of Vilnius, where the works of the family duo of artists Marija Terese Rozanskaite and Igor Piekuras are carefully preserved, I was surprised that It is obvious that in those days artists created for themselves and for exhibitions, day by day polishing techniques, looking for unique ways of expression and rarely thinking about selling paintings. Maybe that's why such a rich creative legacy of I. Piekuras and M. T. Rozanskaite has reached us to this day. As the sons testify, the parents had “fallen” in the arts, painted every day, creativity occupied their thoughts and time, often depriving them of growing children. Thus, day after day, with the help of a brush, a book of life was written on the canvas, sensitive to the events of everyday life. The plots of the paintings have become characteristic signs of the past, revealing new experiences to each generation of researchers or art lovers, passing time with modern painting solutions and often becoming unexpected artistic discoveries for art critics. According to her son Marijus, today the parents' legacy is becoming more and more relevant, new albums and monographs are being released, and an exhibition trip to the Baltic countries is waiting. I would like to thank the sons who allowed a small part of I.Piekuras' work to be exhibited in the gallery "Kauno Langas". These are the landscapes of I. Piekuras from the last creative twentieth century, which emerge in the minds of many of his fans as signs of the author's pictorial identity. In them, the rebellious, dramatic spirit of I. Piekuras' youthful landscapes seems to subside. Maybe it’s a respite from the hard struggles for independence in the last decade of the last century? At the culmination of the creative maturity of the painter I. Piekuras - a flashing lunar path, the same motif of spring nature traveling from picture to picture, leafless nature green against the background of the clear sky, the rhythm of bare tree trunks, in which silent, echoing music was heard in tense strings. . "Trees stand in the paintings, as if they were human, having understood the great meaning of life," wrote Vincas Kisarauskas about his colleague.
Art critic Algė Gylienė