JURGIS MIKSEVICIUS: In the Light of the Sun and Shadow of the Moon
12 December 2020 - 14 February 2021
Lithuanian-born Jurgis Miksevicius (1923 – 2014) arrived in Australia aged 25 on the SS Charlton Sovereign with 725 other Baltic displaced emigres on 29 October 1948. Before leaving Germany, Miksevicius had studied at a Bauhaus-style art school in Darmstadt.
On arrival Miksevicius was settled at the Bathurst Migrant Camp but unlike most refugees who were transitioned out of the migrant camp after a few weeks, Miksevicius stayed for nine months. The camp director, William Rees, was aware of Miksevicius’ artistic skills and employed him to decorate the walls of the former army barracks’ recreation hall with caricatures of great Australian sportsmen, including swimmer John Marshall and tennis champion John Bromwich. Miksevicius was also provided with a studio space and encouraged to paint. It was here, in the Bathurst Migrant Camp, that he began to experiment painting with oils and trying to come to terms with the light, the gum trees and the Bathurst landscapes. Essentially, it was here in Bathurst that he began his 70-year career as an artist in Australia.
This exhibition Jurgis Miksevicius: In the light of the sun and shadow of the moon charts his development as a painter: his studies at art school in Germany, his early paintings and murals at the Bathurst Migrant Camp, and then focuses on later landscapes and philosophical ‘moon’ paintings as examples of the many genres he explored throughout his creative life.
A BRAG exhibition
Images: Menu: JURGIS MIKSEVICIUS Twin Moons (II) 1972, oil on hardboard, 47 x 66 cm framed, image courtesy of the Artist's Estate. Left: Jurgis Miksevicius SS Charlton Sovereign Moored in Gibraltar, August 1948, 2013, oil on hardboard, Image courtesy of the Artist’s Estate, Centre: Jurgis Miksevicius in his studio, Bathurst Migrant Camp 1948/49, photographer unkown, photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Right: JURGIS MIKSEVICIUS Backyard Bathurst [156 Brilliant Street] 1962, oil on hardboard, Image courtesy of the Artist’s Estate.