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Antanas Brazdys

Antanas Brazdys was born in Lithuania in 7939. At the end of World War II he and his family ended up in Germany as refugees. The family eventually moved from Germany to the United States. His father, an architect, and mother, an avid cultivator of the Lithuanian folk dance, must have had something to do with Antanas' predisposition toward art. In fact, later on, Brazdys has admitted this himself. Max Wykes-Joyce, writing in London's Arts Review (August 1,1978), cites Brazdys as saying: "It's strange, when I was a child my mother made me learn all those Lithuanian dances of hers, and I hated it. Now, form time to time, I see the sort of rhythms I learned then coming out in my handling of the metal, so I suppose nothing we ever learn is ever wasted."

Antanas Brazdys is an acclaimed artist, especially well known in England, where he has lived since 1961. Culturally and existentially he spans the continents: born in Lithuania, educated in the United States, and currently working in England.

Brazdys obtained his grounding in sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago (1956-1961). His achievements in sculpture, shown in group exhibits in Chicago, earned him the Edward L. Reyerson grant for foreign travel and study. As a result, he ended up in London, in the Royal College of Art for study and part-time teaching.

Mr. Brazdys works entirely in welded steel, and some of the smaller works are brilliantly polished. In this heavy, weighty material, and the chosen bulbous shapes, he never fails to give the impression of lightness, even gaiety, and if there is a potential flaw in his work it is precisely in this too easy decorativeness. His greatest virtue however is to show that within the European tradition, the inspiration for the human form, new and significant sculpture can be created.

Brazdys regards his symmetrical formation, as an organic structure - and he relates this structure to nature, with its many parallels to human beings, animals and organisms. But, while this frontal imagery is pre-decided, with the side-elevation, one is confronted by a completely new vista of decision . . .; this Brazdys claims is the vital aspect of his work. For whilst he recognises the element of classicism in his projects, he also feels for the realisation of ideas which pipe into them energy and shape: and organise his structures to epitomise the translation of this energy from one point to another.

Since moving to London, Brazdys has held three one-man shows, participated in a number of group exhibits, and won several important commissions for sculpture. He works with welded steel, which is highly polished in his latest works. Following the first one-man show in Hamilton Galleries, Denis Brown wrote about his debut (Arts Review, December 25, 1965): Brazdys has executed a number of important commissions. Three deserve a special attention. He won The Sunday Times competition for young sculptors and was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the Woodgate House, London. The sculpture, entitled "Ritual," was completed in 7969. In 1970 he was commissioned to create the entrance feature for the British Pavilion, Expo 1970, Japan. In 1973 Brazdys executed a commission for Harlow New Town, England, entitled "Echo."

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