I study the outside world as it shifts forms and changes shapes. I am conscious that there are things I see that I want to remember and the camera hasn’t captured it for me in that way. I look for a flash of memory in my brain, a moment of insight, keeping in mind the idea behind the feeling I felt. I start with the structure of the painting. I find it appealing to let the bones show through in a way that gives the viewer a clue to the process that’s taking place. I pull color from the depths of my passion, building up a web of associations and meanings. When painting, I never finish what I set out to do; something else happens and I like that adventure.
As time has passed, I’ve become more interested in defining for my self what I want from observation, with a loose though accurate touch. My conscious force and interest in non-centrality, in co-existence of elements of non-belonging, that holds the painting together with tension. I want each part of the painting to be important, creating a non-linear diversity; I don’t want a logical reading in my painting. I want a possibility of the unpredictable. I would like people to experience a sense of stimulation and confrontation, to feel full of life, as they make their own meaning and interpretation of the painting.
Abstract painting lets me explore the unknown, lets me combine the heart, the head, and the hand. It keeps my mind employed in different states of consciousness—both real and imagined—with all my senses: tactile, intuitive, and cognitive. I live through this. Everything else is just little pieces of me. It is this process that makes me most alive.
Saule Piktys curently lives and works in Santa Monica, California. She grew up and was born in Lithuania, where she received her master’s in architecture and fine art from Vilnius Academy of Art in 1989.
In 2005 she became a full-time studio artist, exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including in 2011 Kunstkamera Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2010 project : Still Twombly House – Ephemeral Museum, Alicia Blue Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The Art of Summer, OCCCA, Crussell Fine Arts Santa Ana, California, UGALLERY The Affordable Art Fair New York, Artists Haven Gallery Ft Lauderdale, Florida, FADA: LA Convention Center, Sister Cities project, Los Angeles, Open Show-Gallery 825 Juried by Apsara DiQuinzio, Assistant Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Los Angeles, in 2010-2009 her work has been shown at Bergamot Station Art Center, Games Gray Gallery, Verve Gallery, part of the 2008 LACMA Muse Miracle Mile Art Walk, and at the LACMA Art Rental & Sales Gallery. In 2007 a retrospective exhibition, in M.K. Ciurlionio National Museum of Art Kaunas, Lithuania. Her work is in public and private collections.
In 1989, six months after graduation, she chose to stay in Los Angeles and began an extensive career in art production that has ranged from textile to interior design. She worked as a background artist for the animation, scenic, and graphic departments for nearly all of the major studios, including CBS, FOX, NBC, Paramount, Sony, and WB Productions. Saule is a member of the Art Directors Guild.