The act of printing has always seemed to me a miracle, just such a miracle as the growing up of a tiny seed of grain to an ear—an everyday miracle, even the greater because it happens every day. One drawing is sown on the stone or the etching plate, and a harvest is reaped from it.   

–Vincent van Gogh

About Vytenis  Semenas

Education

Lazdijų Motiejaus Gustaičio Gymnasium (2007)

Kaunas College of Forestry and Environmental Engineering (2007-2010)

Degree: Professional Bachelor's Diploma, Professional Bachelor's Qualification Degree and Qualification Fields of Study: Landscape Architecture, study programme-Land Management, specialization - Land administration. Final Grade of Merit

West Thames College: The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (2015-2016)

Degree: UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design-Foundation studies (QCF) Final Grade of Distinction

University of the Arts London (UAL) (2016-2019)

Degree: BA(HONS)- Bachelor of Arts with First class Honours. Field of Study Illustration and Visual Media, specialization relief and Intaglio printmaking techniques.

Final grade:First Class Honours

Selected Exhibition

Group exhibition/competition:

Final Degree Show UAL-LCC 2019


WOWxWOW- ‘’Monochromagic 2’’ 2019


WoWxWOW- ‘’Eternity’s Engine’’ 2019


 National Original Print Exhibition 2019 


Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019


The Masters Relief 2019
 

Awards

Thames-Side Print Studio New Graduate Prize 2019

RA Fellowship in etching and relief printmaking techniques 2019

Personal statement

Allow me to start with a brief introduction. My name is Vytenis Semenas and I was born in a tiny little village in Lithuania. After overcoming the uneasy situation of that time in my homeland, I finally moved to the country I have always wanted to reside in: England. Struggelsome as it might have been at the beginning, the experience I have gained is enormous. A couple of years later, I managed to complete my education by graduating at the University of the Arts London where I obtained Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in the Illustration and Visual Media field of study in 2019.

As an emerging illustrator/printmaker, I do wholeheartedly believe that the arts can be a very powerful tool not only for influencing people but also for contributing to the solution of a great variety of global — as much as local — social problems in any part of the world, including global warming, domestic violence, poverty, and so on. Capturing and depicting issues in true colours is a very pertinent metaphor, as well as a necessity in order to make people aware of the seriousness of such issues. I have chosen relief printmaking to express my ideas since, in my opinion, it gives the final products an edge: a touch of realness, one might say.

In the previous year, I was allowed to present some of my works at several exhibitions and competitions, for instance, the National Original Print Exhibition, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, and The Masters Relief. This opportunity enabled me, amongst other things, to observe the ways other artists see fit to convey their messages, and thus to learn and to improve; for it is my conviction that experience is the best teacher, and those who are open-minded enough to perceive it may learn a great deal.

I believe, being honoured with winning this award would contribute not only to my career advancing to a whole other level but mainly to my recognition, which is very important for being able to pass the message on to people more effectively and, therefore, more potently. It would also help me reach out to other artists and co-operate on larger projects with them, which could, subsequently, make even greater difference.

Work Experience

Creative Arts Festival 2016 at Thames Side College. After completing QCF course I was nominated to design the issue of ''Making Waves-Summer 2016 journal. Work also included a designing work of flyers and posters which also included 3 original illustrations I made. The final product was used for the college promotion and attracting new clients.

Technician assistant in relief printmaking workshops as UAL (University of Arts London) at Lcc (london College of Communication campus) 2019.

Technician assistant at Thames-Side printmaking studio.

Apprenticeship began in 2019 and is still ongoing.

RA (Royal Academy of Arts fellowship in etching and relief printmaking studios. Apprenticeship began in 2019 and is still ongoing.

Fine art editioning includes working with artists with little or no prior experience of printmaking. At every step of the project, my role is to advise the artist about their options and answer any questions about the medium that may arise. Working standards and quality is very high as fine art prints are produced by using archival materials, light-fast inks or oil based inks and acid free handmade papers. I had a great opportunity to work alongside some of the best and well known artists such Rebecca Salter PRA: the first female President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Leigh Clarke and many more.