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Aistė Jakonytė



Home, personal environments and domestic interiors are recurring themes in Aistė’s paintings. Often drawing on her two cultural backgrounds, the artist parallels and critiques the perceived differences and stereotypes between the two.

Literature and cinematography are also big sources of inspiration, of which motifs and references become combined with more personal and biographical elements. This is used as means to reinterpret different subject matter and the artist’s and the audience’s relationships and associations with it.

Aistė paints either directly from the subject or from observational drawings, which allows her to capture the immediacy and fleeting nature of some of the subjects in her work (be it still life or a memory). She uses a combination of oil and different types of acrylics to help preserve this immediacy, which the paint helps to showcase by preserving painterly marks. Colour also plays an important part in Aistė’s work, which she uses to draw attention to the subject matter.


2013 – 17

BA Fine Art, First-Class Honours, Newcastle University


16-26 September 2023

Cel Del Nord Residency, Oristà, Spain

November 2017 – March 2018

Artist in residence, METAL, Peterborough

September 2016 – April 2017

Student artist, Newcastle City Arts Residency

Group Exhibitions

2-11 December 2022

ArtWorks Open 2022, Barbican Arts Group, London

21-23 Jan 2022

Made in Lockdown, Peterborough Cathedral

11-21 November 2021

The ING Discerning Eye 2021 Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

24th July – 28 August 2021

Cupola 30, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

1 May 2021 – Currently

Prize Exhibition, The Virtual Art Fair (Fifth Edition), online

27 April 2021 – Currently


29 January 2021 – Currently

Surface Gallery, The Virtual Art Fair (Fourth Edition), online

4 September 2020 – 1 April 2021

Inform Gallery, The Virtual Art Fair (Third Edition), online

21 June – 12 July 2019

Summer Salon 2019, Islington Arts Factory, London,

21-26 June 2017

Newcastle Degree Show, Hoxton Arches, London

3-17 June 2017

Newcastle Degree Show, Newcastle University

23 March – 1 April 2017

Fancy a Cuppa?, Vane Gallery, Newcastle

11 February – 2 March 2017

Ladies who Lunch Paint, The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle

13 December 2016

The Parade, Newcastle University

6-9 December 2016

Interim, Life Room, Newcastle University

26 May 2016

Macramé Cod, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle

28-29 April 2016

ANEW EXHIBITION, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle

8 May 2015

Phantasma, World Headquarters, Newcastle

13-22 February 2015

Echoes of Eco 2015, Winter Theater, Sochi, Russia

6-8 January 2015

ImageTimeMotion, FishBowl Space, Newcastle University


Handle With Care, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

October 2013

Metamorphosis, XL Gallery, Newcastle



Holy Biscuit Student Open Call


Bartlett Off-site Project funding


Alumni Association Student Initiative funding


19 December 2023

Artist Interview, Cel del Nord, online

1 March 2021

Featured artist, issue #50 of Penny Thoughts, final publication by Snitch Publishes, printed and online

18-24 January 2021

Featured artist, issue #44 of Penny Thoughts, weekly publication by Snitch Publishes, online


June 2016 – August 2017

Social media coordinator, Art in the Heart, Peterborough and remote

2013 – 2014

Fine Art Course Representative, Newcastle University

2011 – 2012

Creative Assistant, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery