Atlas of contemporary art 2020

The oeuvre of the Dutch visual artist Lucas van Eeghen once began in the magical-realistic tradition and developed itself with a notably tenacity. He created his own visual language. It comes as no surprise that the Triennale di Roma Life Achievement Award was bestowed on him. According to the renowned Italian critic ant curator, Professor Daniele Radini Tedesci, Lucas has ‘an extreme individuality that connects him in his painting – the traditional craftmanship – to Ferdinand Knopff and even Vermeer.’

His three-dimensional paintings embraces one and are imbued with a formidable yet passionate poetic power and sensitivity, The intuitive images are emotionallly charged and offer a tilting aesthetic.

Van Eeghen is seen at home and abroad as a protagonist of nature, an endangerd nature that increasingly is infiltraing the visual arts. He places a stirring reality on the ruins of postmodernism an conceptualism. His unique appraoch is synthetic yet simultaneously baroroque. Nature is crystallised, embalmed, elevated to eternity. His work invites one to feel and touch, to unravel the mystery of nature and art. Van Eeghen is the alchemist of the twenty-first century. He rediscovers the traditional bond between artist and the imitation of nature by creating works that transform the natural element. In the past, art tried to reflect on nature by representing it in one way or another: Natura artis magister. Van Eeghen does exactly the opposite: nature itself is frozen and petrified where the dividing line between organic and artificial begins to evaporate. The work represents a longed return to the original harmony between man and earth and the renewal of what binds them to the origin of time. As ever Lucas he hates mannerism and his more recent work tends to the imagination of the hidden secrets of life.

Apart from The Netherlands, his work has been exhibited in New York, London, Monaco and Rome. He has won several prestigeous prizes including the Leonardo prize and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Triennale di arte visive di Roma. Lucas van Eeghen lives and works in the Netherlands.

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