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The painting titled "Captain" by Arūnas Žilys is a visually striking and complex work that combines elements of surrealism and symbolism. The central figure is a large, imposing character with a solemn, almost haunting expression, wearing a tall blue hat that sharply contrasts with the warmer hues in the background. This figure dominates the composition, and from beneath this figure's dark green coat emerges a golden-brown boat, held aloft by small, delicate human hands.Inside the boat, there are three smaller figures, each with a distinct posture and expression, suggesting a narrative or interaction between them, though their precise story remains ambiguous. The person at the stern appears to be directing or guiding the boat, adding a sense of movement and purpose to the scene.The background features a rich tapestry of colors, primarily in warm golds, oranges, and reds, with a texture that suggests a decay or ancientness, as if the scene is set against a crumbling fresco or a wall of peeling paint. This texture adds a layered depth to the scene, enhancing its dreamlike and timeless quality.Overall, Žilys' "Captain" seems to evoke themes of guidance, protection, and perhaps a journey or voyage. The surreal elements contribute to a sense of mystery and depth, inviting viewers to ponder the meanings and connections within this otherworldly tableau.


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Lithunian artist Arūnas Žilys and his vividly colored oil paintings are well known on both sides of Atlantic. Arūnas‘ work stands apart from mainstream Lithuanian artist with unique subjects as well as colors. While traditional Lithuanian art has been either strictly realistic or abstract, Arūnas has chotose neither way. His paintings have clearly defined subjects; however, the subjects are taken from the fantasy world. For instance, many subjects look like they‘re right out of fairy tale, with many theatrical elements and decorations. They‘re usually full of mistery and suspense, as if you are looking at fairy tale frozen in time. The paintings transport you back in time, and all sudden you‘re wondering whether you‘ve seen this setting before, some time your own childhood fantasies. The subjects usually entail many different cultural aspects from ancient history to modern times, and could be attributed to vitually any part of the world, thus making Arūnas‘ paintings highly admired by people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. The painting subjects are instantly admirable. They avoid main features of post-modernism art, such as declarations of aggressiveness, ugliness and anger. The human element in his paintings is mysterious, provocative, and highly sophisticated. Although in many cases the subjects are slightly surrealistic they do not declare any contfrontations, pain or suffering. Au contraire, they are full of peace and claim self-consiousness, declaring the essential goodness of the human nature. In addition Arūnas‘ colors emulate warm beauty and depth of the fantasy world. His style of painting creates and additional vibrating effect, where depth and stucture of painting changes with lighting, angle of viewing, and even your own mood. Rich texture, mix and contrast of colors perfectly supplement the themes and give Arūnas‘ paintings inmistakable uniqueness that separates them from the crowd and make them so desired by art collectors from around the world.

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