May 27, 2022 / June 23, 2022

Whisperer of Nature

Šarūnas Šimulynas (1939–1999) was a versatile personality and artist who created sculptures, painting, graphics, frescoes, mosaics, wrote prose and poetry. Reflected in creation themes of nature, man and their interaction, careful observations of nature's changes are especially relevant today. The firm, even harsh way of the artist, does not recognize no concessions to what you don't believe in, what you don't approve of, what you condemn has not only been revealed in his works, selected materials, themes, but created around Šarūnas Šimulynas a certain vacuum. His visual work and creative legacy for a long time were as if forgotten, ignored, surrounded by silence, even though they were being watched closely.

Graphic artist and painter Algimantas Švėgžda in one letter to photographer Algimantas Kunčas* wrote: (...) Throughout history there are two main types of artists - solar type and moon type. Solar type - full of energy and strength that must be radiated, for the inner fire would explode in them. They are dynamic, controversial, with tongues of flame, pours their energy into the world and other people in their work and life. (...) The other type - moon type, has the magical ability to reflect both the sun and itself through the sun, and many things that are pure and breaks on a transparent surface. (...). Šarūnas Šimulynas was the moon, that is his essence.

Bold creative way of thinking, which formed a unique artistic universe from a wide global and Lithuanian cultural heritage. Creating in the era of silent modernism, not putting up with the Soviet regime imposed on artists requirements and being a complete non-conformist, Šimulynas did not have many opportunities to exhibit in public exhibitions, so he created an alternative exhibition space, his own world. Šimulynas is a traveler, an observer. Surrounded by nature, he felt himself, inseparable from it, as if he was another one of the elements that is anxious, angry and full of manifestations of unexpected tenderness. Talked to her, opened up to her, saw through her, through his own works by revealing things that are usually invisible to the eye, imperceptible, but fundamental. - art researcher Algė Gudaitytė