Lucas van Eeghen is a visual artist from Amsterdam. As from around 2011 his paintings changed and moved on a pace. The 3D recent paintings in mixed media are unique in its sort. The work moves away from the rational interpretation that can be so dominant in every human eye. The images are picked out of the air like songs, seemingly coming from nowhere. Subsequently they develop according to what the materials and paint offer themselves. They are made of a combination of realistic stuff gathered from nature like leaves, earth, cow parsley, reed, fish or objects such as books newspapers and faces, These are highly manipulated and placed on a canvas in a painted setting. The effect of this 'tactilism' can of course best be experienced by confrontation with its tangible reality (video). The objects have a presence like sculptures and change with the light. They invite to touch. They pose questions like what is it made of and how long does it last? Are all things of true value fragile and defenseless? The imagery opens a soft world of floating intuition. Titles such as Field of hope, Enigma, Butterflies picnic, Stop the time and Feathers of fate refer to this world of poetry.
Also in the older work the perception of light and space is dominating. Styles, techniques and subjects are ever changing. From realism to abstract expresionism to tactilism. 'Never stick to a trick. I suppose painting is no more than the crippled language for what you may have to tell. Techniques or styles may serve the story to be told. They may even trigger the ambition to say the untold. But in the end the sensation of any painting should lie behind the paint. A good painting should remain to be indefinable magic even for the painter himself. Where did it come from and where does it go? Images float through the air ready to be picked. Once painted they live lives of their own.'
Paintings have been exhibited a.o. in Galery Siau, Arti & Amicitiae, Nieuwe Kerk, Beurs van Berlage, Vondelkerk, Centrum Bellevue, Royal Palace at the Dam, Alexander F. Milliken Gallery (NY), NTG Gent, popup galery kerkstraat 276. Nominated for royal subsidy. 3rd Willink van Collen award , Artslant show case winner, Biennale 2013 Chianciano Museo dÁrte;(Leonardo award).
Artifact Gallery NY NY
ESPOSIZIONE TRIENNALE DI ARTI VISIVE A ROMA 2014