Adomas Danusevicius is a painter of the young generation who made a strong debut on the Lithuanian contemporary art scene already as a student. In 2017 he completed his doctoral studies at the Vilnius Academy of Art and the internship at the Royal Danish Art Academy of Fine Arts. Danusevicius takes part in group exhibitions from 2004, and from 2008 he held several solo exhibitions in Lithuania, Denmark and Germany. He was a finalist and award winner of the competition “Young Painter’s Prize” many times. Works by Danusevicius can be found in collections of contemporary art in Lithuania and abroad.
With his first solo exhibition in 2008, Danusevicius became distinguished in the context of Lithuanian painting by his unique creative style and the addressed themes: he was one of the first to analyse the theme of masculinity, seldom appearing in Lithuanian art, in a consistent way. The painter is interested in masculinity as a social and cultural structure, the meanings attributed to masculinity in society and culture, and male sexuality. In his paintings, the spheres of activity that are traditionally considered as belonging to men (e.g., sports, the army), and the relations between men in these spheres are represented. These typically male domains become a space for demonstration of power and projection of desire.
In his latest works Danusevicius devotes special attention to the phenomenon of camp, which celebrates stylization, exaggeration, and mannerism. The artist uses the expression of camp to deconstruct the images of masculinity that have taken root in culture, and reveal their artificiality. Employing references to famous works of art, phenomena of pop culture and stereotypical images circulating there, the artist explores how the gender identity is constructed, created and enacted, and what its relations to visual culture are. He puts to doubt the traditional understanding of a “real” man predominant in society, leaving space for various possible non-normative variations of gender, marginal gender identities, and making references to the culture and history of LGBT and queer communities. His painting style varies from minimalist and controlled visual language to dynamic and expressive, almost gestural brushwork. In his recent works, painting often becomes not only a tool for representation, but also itself is conceptualized as a medium – in other words, it not only represents camp, but also itself becomes an example of it.
Danusevicius’s painting is a synthesis of refined high-quality visual expression, urgent tendencies of contemporary figurative art, and intellectual contents. It combines the insights into the theory of gender, political and confrontational aims with personal narratives, and a tendency to provoke is replaced with intimate atmosphere and erotic connotations.
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