LITHUANIAN QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Copyright © 2015 LITUANUS Foundation, Inc.
Volume 61, No.4 - Winter 2015
Editor of this issue:Almantas Samalavičius
Rimas Tadas VisGirda
Professor Rimas Tadas VisGirda, arts editor, writer, and internationally recognized ceramic artist, resides in Champaign, IL.
2013, stoneware, glaze, 25” x 10” x 12”.
To paraphrase his artist’s statement, “Art for me is the freedom to rearrange visual elements, the ability to make the imaginary into the real through the process of working with clay. I have always had an interest in the human figure and how artists approached portrait sculpture throughout the ages. When I came to the USA, the teapot was a popular element in the ceramic arena and I used that popularity to involve my interest in the figure. Recently, I have become fascinated with the human face. I simplify and elongate the human form while creating contemplative pieces that evoke a feeling of history.”
Kostas Ulevičius was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1961.
He attended J. Jablonskis Secondary School in Kaunas and finished
his education in ceramics at the Lithuanian Academy of
Art in Vilnius. For a short period, he served as Assistant Professor
of Art in Kaunas before immigrating to the United States
in 1989. He launched his ceramic career from a base in Chicago,
gaining prominence and establishing himself in the field
through juried art fairs, curated exhibitions, and juried exhibitions.
In 1995, he and his family relocated to St. Petersburg,
Florida where he maintains a studio. He was artist in resident
at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL and at the
prestigious Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Kostas has exhibited
his work from coast to coast in galleries from California in the West
to Philadelphia and Boston in the East. In 2000, he
exhibited work in, “The Sixth Golden Ceramics Award” at the
Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.
|Kronos, front, side 2014, stoneware, glaze, 32” x 14” x 9”.|
|Running Teapot, 2001, stoneware, porcelain, 12” x 9” x 5”.|
|Kostas Ulevičius and Blue Adonis II, 2015, stoneware, glaze, 29” x 11” x 13”.|