(1910 - 2007)
Auseklis Bausknieks did not represent any of the traditional art movements. His oeuvre is peculiar synthesis of the realism and surrealism styles. Human in action is the main subject of Bauskenieks art. In his paintings one can see the variety of his talent – he mastered drawing, shape and space as well as good composition skills and ability to observe and characterize the subject.
The simplified forms and emphasis on typical, characteristic features of the subject characterize Auseklis Bauskenieks artwork. His talent of the draughtsman was developed academically (there can be seen the influence of the illustration art of the beginning of 20th century and Art Deco). In his early work, one can see monumentality and complexity of the composition as well as New Objectivity like roundness of the form. Later the plastic perfection of the human body was depicted distanced from reality, within imagined world. After the war, in 1950’s Bauskenieks art became closer to reality, depicting characters in their everyday activities, in modest interiors and even turning to cityscape.
From 1930–1933 Auseklis Bausknieks studied in Architecture faculty of University of Latvia. There he studied drawing and watercolour painting at the studio of V.Purvitis. Bauskenieks also attended the private studio of J.Bine. In 1942, he graduated Art Academy of Latvia with diploma work “On Board” (led by Gederts Eliass and Ludolfs Liberts). At the Art Academy of Latvia Bauskenieks attended classes of such artists as Konrads Ubans, Augusts Annuss, Valdemars Tone, Karlis Miesnieks and Gederts Eiass.Auseklis Bauskenieks participated in exhibitions since 1942 and after a break, form 1959.
Slava L. Auseklis Baušķenieks. – Rīga, Neputns. 2010, 35.–51.lpp.
Vilsons A.Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, part 1. Rīga: “Latvijas enciklopēdija”, 1995, P.50.