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Lauri Luck

Lauri Luck is now showing with us and sharing some beautiful pieces. From the artist herself:

"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog"
     -  Franz Kafka

Art and dogs have always been part of my life. I find both to be irresistible forces so it is understandable that they would eventually come together.

Lauri LuckMy drawings and paintings have taken me through a myriad of subject matter but I never feel happier with a piece than those with a dog in it.  Eventually the dog began to take center stage in my work and the landscapes of farm, forest and river as well as the patterns and abstractions of interiors, became the sets.

After 30 years of exploring the dog as my key subject I am still excited by the immediacy of their animal presence, their innate sense of beauty, their enviable lack of self-consciousness and their boundless joy of spirit. The more I go back to the dog as my source of inspiration the more important it becomes, helping me to come to grips with the often uncertain and difficult time in which we live – my guide back to the grounding solace of nature.

While every dog I work with brings something of its unique spirit to the work with its individual character and appearance, these are not portraits in the conventional sense. The images speak as much about the concerns of painting as they do about the artist and dog's evolving relationship.

The primary emphasis of my paintings is on figurative imagery constructed in vibrant colors. The paint is applied in loose energetic brush strokes. The surface is fragmented in patterns of shapes and light, enlivened by the juxtaposition of flattened perspectives and illusionistic forms and space played one against the other.

The image is held in place on the paper by the black flowing lines of the redrawn edge. The image is both caught and spills over the edge: unchecked drips energize the painted frame work. Like a film cell lifted from a movie, all gives the sense that the images, like the dogs themselves may move at any moment. As David Hockney wrote, "...since dogs are generally not interested in art…one knock at the door is enough to make them leap up."

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Dot and Two Blankets [sold]
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Lucy in the Sunflowers [sold]
acrylic on paper
33" x 33"
Peanut & Sally
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Pigeon Toed [sold]
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Rocky Point Run
acrylic on paper
40" x 38.5"
         
Sally & Peanut [sold]
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Sally Hogs The Bed
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Sally in a Corner
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Sally is Ready to Go
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Sally Watches Me Paint
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
         
Sculptor's Yard
acrylic on paper
38.5" x 49"
Side By Side
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Sleeping Sal
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Studio Jumble
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
Trying to Sleep [sold]
acrylic on paper
18" x 18"
         
       
Vernal Pool [sold]
acrylic on paper
40" x 48"
       
         
 
     
 
 
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