Attila Richard Lukacs
Attila Richard Lukacs
|Born||1962 (age 56–57)|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Education||Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design|
Lukacs was born in Calgary, Alberta. In 1985, Lukacs graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. He moved to Berlin in 1986, working at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin. In 1996, he relocated to New York City in order to be closer to the center of American art.
Although Lukacs is best known for paintings that depict exaggerated masculine figures, such as gay skinheads and military cadets (Military Series True North), he has also created a collection of paintings of flowers (Flowers) and trees (Arbor Vitae). His brutally explicit references to homo-erotic sexuality often shocked galleries and the public. His paintings frequently reference the historical compositions and themes of David and Caravaggio as well as the compositional devices of the miniature painters and illustrators of India (Of Monkeys and Men) and the Middle East. A more recent series of paintings depict conifer trees, dramatically painted in tar on a silver leaf field. The artist now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- 1988-1994 Selected Works
- 1990 Military Series
- 1991 True North
- 1992 Eternal Teahouse
- 1999 Arbor Vitae
- 2003 Of Monkeys and Men
- 2009 "Polaroids: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris", Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. and Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
- 2011 "Black and White and Grey", Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Film and video
- Drawing Out the Demons [videorecording DVD]: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs. Directed by David Vaisbord. 2004, Two versions: 48 minutes and 78 minutes, color. Produced by Trish Dolman and Stephanie Symns, Screen Siren Pictures.
4. Scott Watson. "Black and White and Grey".
- Official site
- Attila Richard Lukacs at the Diane Farris Gallery
- Attila Richard Lukacs at Winsor Gallery
- BMO Financial Group gifts installation by Attila Richard Lukacs and video art from Tom Sherman to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
- Hadani, Ditmars. "Attila Richard Lukacs: Renewed Directions", Canadian Art Online, 2 June 2011. Online.