The Sounds of Bells

(Title in Lithuanian: “Varpų muzika”)

In my series ‘Painted Musical Compositions’ (more here) I am aiming to approach the source of universal (cosmic) music – our inner rhythms corresponding to the eternal oscillations of the universe. In these painted compositions with the help of shapes and colours, I create complex relationships - dynamic, tonal, and chromatic – that are harmonious or supplemental locally as well as across the whole canvas. A single area or even an element here could be viewed as a separate mini artwork, and nevertheless it is in perfect unity with the rest of the composition, adding its own little vibe to the whole vibrant piece.

With the painting “The Sounds of Bells” I reached the new level of complexity which could be compared to a visual symphony. Areas of different tempo lead to the following sections, all of it unifying into the sky-ascending and eternal climax.

Simultaneously there was enormous attention paid to the technical quality of the painting – brilliance of colours shines through even in achromatic (=nearly grey) areas. It goes without saying that only top-quality professional colours were used. Brushstrokes are visible where it was possible to leave them. Subtle colour gradients add life and vibration to the whole piece as well as to each section.

The composition is based on the real location - The Tower of the Vytautas the Great War Museum in the Unity Square, Kaunas (view the photo below). Its 49-bell carillon is being played every day at midday. The first carillonists of Kaunas were composers Viktoras Kuprevičius and his son Giedrius Kuprevičius (view the photo below). In the foreground of the painting is depicted one of the lions – symbols of power and might – gifted to the museum by Earl J.J. Tiškevičius in 1938.

Giedrius Kuprevičius, the grand maestro of bell music, at my painting “The Sounds of Bells” (the 4th of October, 2015):

Giedrius Kuprevičius, the grand maestro of bell music, at my painting "The Sounds of Bells" (4 Oct 2015)

The initial drawing for the painting “The Sounds of Bells” (the 16th of July, 2015):

The initial drawing of The Sounds of Bells

The photo I took for the painting reference (the 28th of April, 2015):

Deivis Slavinskas's photograph for the painting "The Sounds of Bells"

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