Ien Lucas

16 June 1987 - 11 July 1987
Opening Reception 16 June 1987 8pm

West Gallery:

Ien Lucas

This exhibition of recent painting by visiting Dutch artist Ien Lucas are an extension of pieces made during her residence at the Banff Centre in 1985/1986. In these works the artist combines the language of figurative painting with the formal approach of abstract painting. Reducing this analysis to a specific painting problem, Lucas explores the issue of spacial illusions through the paradox of illusionistic reproduction on a flat surface.

“Most of the paintings refer to painting as a method of creating an illusion of space. I did this by using drawings of architectural elements and placing them on monochromatic backgrounds. Next to the recognizable architectonic boundaries/framework of the painting. This concretizes the painterly gesture and reduces the possibility of these paintings functioning as illusions.”

-Ien Lucas.

Ien Lucas is an emerging Dutch artist. In 1983 she graduated from the Academie for Arts, in Tilburg, Holland and in 1985 Lucas had her first solo exhibition at the Jan van Eyck Academie, in Maastricht, Holland. From 1983 to 1986 she participated in group exhibitions in Tilburg and Maastricht (Holland), and Banff, Alberta. Ien Lucas currently resides in Echt, Holland.

Assistance for this exhibition was provided by the government of the Netherlands through the Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture.