Baltic Art Hub
The Baltic Art Hub is designed as a portal between Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian talent and those in the UK who have yet to have contact with their work.
This website plays host to the Collection of Robert Shopes, a set of paintings for sale in the UK, and acts as a base for events and projects to be facilitated by the Baltic Art Hub.
Baltic Art Exhibition Finissage, Lithuanian Embassy, London
Wednesday 1st February 2017, 6:00pm
Any interested parties are cordially invited to the Finissage of the Baltic Art Exhibition (BAE) at the Lithuanian Embassy in London, Wednesday, 1st February 2017 at 6 PM. The exhibition features diverse painting of Lithuanian artists from different generations: J?rat? Mykolaityt?, Klaudijus Petrulis, Danas Andriulionis, Paulius Juška, Ar?nas M??ius and Rytis Martinionis.
The Exhibition is drawn from this collection as a celebration of Lithuanian Art.
The Exhibition has been running at the Lithuanian Embassy in London since April 2015.
Please register via Eventbrite:
From the founder of the project, Robert Shopes:
"As best we could, we gathered together an overview of some of the contemporary art in the Baltic States, beginning with Lithuania. We wanted something progressive, not static, but searching out everything worth seeing and collecting. We have found an abundance of talent, that which is dazzling and accomplished, with the hope to surprise and delight.
Charity Ball Lithuanian Embassy November 4th 2016
Note from Bob Shopes of Baltic Art regarding the donated paintings.
"Respectful greetings to the Ambassador, members of the Lithuanian Embassy, and honored guests. Apologies for my not being able to attend this splendid and worthwhile occasion. I do hope the evening is a great success and I am sure it will be very enjoyable. Let me make clear at the beginning that I am neither a recognised art critic, recognised outside my own home, that is, nor a prodigious collector. What little I know about art I owe to my father, who in fact provided the inheritance that made the collection possible. He had two notable ambitions. First, was to live to be at least 100 and second, to die an investment millionaire. He died at 97, halfway to his other goal, free of debt and independent in every way.
"From the age of about nine, as well as I can remember, he would take me and my older brother, and later my younger brothers as well, hiking in the hills of northern California, to its beaches, to outdoor concerts or to the extensive and varied parks of San Francisco, weather permitting. As Mark Twain once observed, "The worst winter I ever encountered was one summer in San Francisco." Weather would often drive us indoors, which would mean regular visits to the city's famous modern art galleries.
"The paintings in these galleries became as familiar as the furniture in our own homes. I've never stopped visiting galleries, whether in the five American cities I've lived in, or in the European cities we've holidayed in during the past forty years I've lived in England, not to mention London.
"I've read a bit about art as well. Out of curiosity I recently counted the art books in our house. I was startled, I guess I could say, but not surprised to find it was over fifty. My father's influence, not to say, training, lives on.
"When visiting artists in their studios mainly in Vilnius and Klaipeda, I kept in mind two principles. One, did I think I understood what the artist was saying, or doing in his or her work? Second, was this a work I work I might expect to see in a national gallery? If the answer to both questions was yes, I bought it if I could afford it and the Baltic Art collection slowly built up. This is a collection not for me to keep, but to sell and re-invest in further Lithuanian art. Danas Andriulionis for instance, amply fulfils my principles. His paintings are exhibited in no fewer than six public galleries.
"This collection stands as tribute to my father's life, a life of solid integrity and shining brilliance. I might say the same of my sadly deceased friend, the artist Klaudijus Petrulis, who died with his head still full of ideas for new paintings. I am not going to say that he was the greatest of Lithuanian painters. There are perhaps three others who are just as good and maybe better. But I will say this, that when a painting of his hung in any exhibition along with the work of others, his work stood out like a window to the sun, that lighted up the mind's eye whichever way you turned as long as you stayed in that room.
"Other artists represented in the collection have died, all tragically: cancer at a young age, alcohol induced illness, and finally, despite an enviably successful career, by his own hand. Join me in wishing the rest of the artists a long life and may their creativity and skill continue as an endless credit to their country."
November 2nd 2016
Feel free to browse the collection and, if you see something you like, or wish to talk to us about exhibiting part of the collection, do not hesitate to contact us.
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