‘Inner Creature (Red Balloon)’ by Wild Stork (Vytenis Semenas)
Artist: Wild Stork (Vytenis Semenas)
Title: ‘Inner Creature (Red Balloon)’
Medium: Lino Print on Somerset Printmaking Paper 250 gsm (Limited Edition of 15)
Dimensions: 26″ x 18.1″
Year of Creation: 2019
Artwork Will Ship From: The Netherlands
About the Artist:
My name is Vytenis Semenas and I was born in a tiny little village in Lithuania. After overcoming the uneasy situation of that time in my homeland, I finally moved to the country I have always wanted to reside in: England. Struggelsome as it might have been at the beginning, the experience I have gained is enormous. A couple of years later, I managed to complete my education by graduating at the University of the Arts London where I obtained Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in the Illustration and Visual Media field of study in 2019.
As an emerging illustrator/printmaker, I do wholeheartedly believe that the arts can be a very powerful tool not only for influencing people but also for contributing to the solution of a great variety of global — as much as local — social problems in any part of the world, including global warming, domestic violence, poverty, and so on. Capturing and depicting issues in true colours is a very pertinent metaphor, as well as a necessity in order to make people aware of the seriousness of such issues. I have chosen relief printmaking to express my ideas since, in my opinion, it gives the final products an edge: a touch of realness, one might say.
In the previous years, I was allowed to present some of my works at several exhibitions and competitions, for instance, the National Original Print Exhibition, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Masters Relief RA Summer Exhibition and many more. This opportunity enabled me, amongst other things, to observe the ways other artists see fit to convey their messages, and thus to learn and to improve; for it is my conviction that experience is the best teacher, and those who are open-minded enough to perceive it may learn a great deal.