At the times of extensive outer and inner conflicts around the globe, the search for spirituality and meaning of life, faith in religion is especially relevant. Two different sides of the face in these paintings are depicting completely different human states of mind and invite to explore life and death, light and dark, stress and calm, loud and quit. The cycle of artworks with unified title, The Easy Choice, explore the belief that a being embodies both body and soul, and that an understanding of something comes from learning it’s opposite.
Laura Guoke is a visual artist living and creating in Radviliskis district, Lithuania. Most often she selects socially active topics, disclosing the moments of social incapacity, and analysing the issues of human existence. On the other hand, her pieces of art are full of self-contemplation, transcendental reflection, going deep into subconscious processes, etc. Visual language of L. Guoke is rather daring and unpredictable, although never brutal or shocking. Even though the author following her age is attributed to young artists, she has already organised over 17 personal exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. She has represented Lithuania in international projects in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, USA, Estonia, etc. Moreover, she takes an active part in group exhibitions, symposiums. L. Guoke is also an exhibition curator, worked as a lecturer in Siauliai University Art Faculty and has received a great number of awards and important assessments. A member of the Lithuanian Artists‘ Association.
In 2015 and 2017 L. Guoke received a private national grant for cultural and artistic creators from Lithuanian Council for Culture. Her portrait from In Lithuanian Village series was also chosen for BP Portrait Award 2016 exhibition at National Portrait Gallery in London and won a Travel Award.
Her artistic project Portraits from The Ritsona Refugee Camp in 2017 were exhibited at National Portrait Gallery, London and Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter and now is on display at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and after will travel to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
Recently Laura won a first prize at the international painting competition organized by Three Bridges Foundation (Warsaw, Poland).
In 2019 Laura Guoke was one of the six portrait artists from around the world who were featured in the BBC World News GMT (premiere in June, July rehearsals) documentary Portrait of the Artist. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct6mj6
Portrait of an Artist is a documentary created by Lonelyleap Film http://lonelyleap.com/ about the winners of the prestigious BP Portrait Award.
Her works are in public and private collections in Lithuania and abroad.