Refracted i

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2017

Media:

Soft Pastel

Size (cm):

63 x 50 x 4

London 2019
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Refracted ii

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2017

Media:

Soft pastel

Size (cm):

50 x 63 x 4

London 2019

Hear Me Roar

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2017

Media:

Soft Pastel

Size (cm):

87 x 120 x 4

London 2019

Biography

I am an award winning pastel artist, specialising in realism to create seascapes and underwater portraits. An emerging artist, I am self taught and started painting 3 years ago. I am an associate artist of Unison Colour Pastels, and collaborated with them in 2016 to create the Unison Colour 36 pastel ‘Beach Set’, which is sold internationally. I have been selected to exhibit twice with the Pastel Society, at the Mall Galleries London, where I won the prestigious Annie Longley Award in 2017, and was also selected to exhibit in London with Artrooms 2018. I have had work exhibited by Contini Art UK, at the international art fair in Bologna, Italy. In April 2018, I collaborated with the BBC1 programme Money For Nothing, where my painting Languid appeared on national tv. Last month I was interviewed by Artists and Illustrators magazine where my painting Refracted I featured in their Fresh Paint section.
I work as a full time artist and am based by the coast in North Somerset, UK

Project

My art explores the contrasting raw power and calm serenity of the differing states of water, and the technical challenge of capturing both its translucency and movement. My interest extends to both the anatomy of water and the human form, and how the 2 interact creating startling visual transformations; how light and water refracts human anatomy into almost abstract shapes dissected by light and shadow. With this, my aim is to not just freeze a fleeting moment in time, but challenge the viewer to see the beauty of water from an alternative perspective.
My inspiration comes from all my own photographs, and I spend many hours photographing the sea locally and abroad, as well as doing underwater photography. I use these photographs and combine them with my own memories to create a full depiction within the painting that captures not just the image, but the whole ambience of the moment. My aim with the Artrooms is to draw the viewer into my sensual water world, and allow them to connect their own memories of swimming on holiday or being by the sea to my art, and transport them into a merging of the 2 worlds. When people see my art I want them to see more than just the image; I want them to smell the sea, to hear the waves crashing or feel the water on their skin.