It is hard to tell, which term would more precisely define paintings by Arunas Daujotas. Magical realism, penetrated by fictions and metaphors? Or we may speak about surrealism, opening the deepest corners of our subconsciousness? Rich with mystic and terrifying images gothic painting? In any way, it is obvious that in paintings by Arunas there is a message encoded that has a relation to something that we do not see; however, we try to verbalize it in literature or show in the works of art by employing widely known symbols or specifically constructed images.
We may guess that certain formal criteria of paintings, such as structure or color of composition, are not of most importance for the author; although, in some works, it is hard to miss artistically employed possibilities of free, sketchy painting, and distinct factures. Through these strangely terrifying, abstract, chaotic spaces, landscapes of imagination very thoroughly painted little, fragile human bodies, face masks, shapes of animals, and strangely lost objects come out “informing and narrating” elements of paintings. Spectators will probably comprehend and evaluate them differently. Perhaps, they will try excorticate the visual image searching a covered meaning under the surface, or by looking at the paintings, will form a field of meanings, recognizable only by them. Others, will see and accept paintings just as a game, as enjoying the variety of forms and shapes.
Born in Siauliai, Lithuania, 1963