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Will Lustenader’s new geometric hard edge abstract body of work addresses spatial issues as well as the exploration of color and textural relationships. Lustenader’s masterful painterly technique draws a distant dialogue with renaissance through 19th century painting as well as tipping his hat to the modern masters. Will Lustenader lives and works in New Haven, CT. Lustenader received his MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London and his BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. His work has been included in numerous exhibits, including the San Diego Art Institute (2009), the Neuberger Museum (2008), and The New Britain Museum of American Art. His work can be found in many private and public collections.
About Willard Lustenader
At first glance, the paintings of Willard Lustenader appear like works of pure abstraction: studies of bold, primary colors, line, and sharp, geometric forms. But in fact, Lustenader creates representational, still-life paintings based on cut paper or bent wire, a practice that found its initial inspiration when his son’s school project left behind cut-out scraps. This choice of subject matter creates an intentional paradox, as what appear to be purely abstract compositions are actually based on observation. Lustenader has also pushed the work further into explorations of the abstract, inspired by the tension between line and space in layered compositions. “There is a bending and twisting of relationships that overlap and come back on themselves,” Lustenader has said of these more recent abstract works. “So, it is the idea of space and time that occupies my new work.”