Jankauskas Donatas
g. 1968
Donatas Jankauskas belongs to the generation of artists that emerged after the reclamation of the Independence in the beginning of the 1990-ies. He works in different media (sculpture, installation, video), but unlike many of his contemporaries, he retains strong continuity of the themes in his work. „The trademark“ of Donatas Jankauskas art work is an ape-man. The ape-men in his works usually become the characters of pompous or sentimental scenes. Their presence transforms these scenes into something curious. The ever reoccurring theme (and, in most cases, referencing the initial one) in Donatas Jankauskas works is the life and work of the cult figure of Lithuanian history – the artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, and his status in the Lithuanian culture. Employing great deal of irony, the artist interprets the widely popular scenes from Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis paintings, thus inviting to look into this iconic oeuvre from a different conceptual angle. Apart from that, Donatas Jankauskas often employs the same visual technique as it was used by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis: he plays with the relation of the visible and the invisible, using parts of the body emerging from the water. Even the works directly unrelated to an ape-man or the work of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, are centered around similar themes, such as bestiality or national identity. Apart from individual art works, Donatas Jankauskas initiated and organized public art festivals in Telšiai in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2002 he collaborated with Oskaras Koršunovas theater and created the stage masks for the play „King Oedipus“(„Oidipas karalius“)