Emil Lukas, ‘Under Cloud’, 2013, Sperone Westwater

About Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas experiments with new approaches to painting—one highly controlled, the other almost totally determined by chance. In his “Thread” paintings, Lukas creates images that appear to glow, stretching fine, colored threads over the edges of canvases until a form takes shape in the negative space at the center. “I don’t work out the color in advance. I start with one, say yellow, and react with a color that’s not yellow,” he has said. “You go with it—it’s very much like jazz, and I don’t really bother trying to explain it once I’m done.” In his “Larvae” paintings, larvae are dipped in ink, placed on a canvas, and encouraged to roam around, leaving squiggly lines in their wake. The canvases are often layered, with thin washes of paint in between, adding depth and color to the tangled lines. Lukas also creates etchings and screenprints derived from the same themes, which play with gesture and ideas of diffusion.

American, b. 1964, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Emil Lukas, Sperone Westwater, New York
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Emil Lukas: Ringing of Distant Events, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Emil Lukas, Sperone Westwater, New York