Gabrielė Adomaitytė (b. 1994, Lithuania) is a painter who graduated from Painting and Sculpture Studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2017, and is currently living and working in Amsterdam. Her work is based on researching painterly representation and its intersection with digitisation.
Gabrielė Adomaitytė paints using photographs, Xerox copies, VHS videos and other digital as well as printed material. In some of her works, a frame around the image exemplifies how a picture is essentially a piece or a cut-out from a much larger and boundless image domain. In her paintings, the artist preserves the physical qualities of the source material, such as scratches on the film, folds in scans printed onto paper, sun-bleached pages of a book or empty spaces with no distinctive visual information. Turning these aspects into the main motives of her paintings, Adomaitytė relies on her great technical skills in tracing and copying by hand. The same motif is reproduced on a surface several times, creating the impression of a sequence or a loop. There is only one layer of paint covering the surface, which creates an effect of visual shallowness typical of older image reproduction technologies. Small transformations are made during the reproduction process. Copying copies inevitably results in losing quality and visual information, as the images irreversibly fade into hazy shades of grey. The impression is that Adomaitytė is trying to document the moment of the original motif falling apart and reaching the very apex of its fragility.
Gabrielė Adomaitytė’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden. She has also participated in several art residencies and is the winner of the Buning Brongers Prize 2020.