Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas was born in Pittsburgh, U.S.A., in 1964. He lives and works in Stockertown.

However much each work of Lukas, such as his stacked columns, is a convincing whole, it is always a collection of various elements. Each element on its own is an extract from, or a single moment in a process begun somewhere else. This in turn sets off a chain of new reactions.

Lukas’s use of materials leftover from other works is a demonstration of this. Furthermore, the frequent presence of thread-like drawings made by insects covered with ink and pigments indicates the simultaneous presence of differing painting components, both regarding their conception and their compositional strategies and developments. In this way each “piece” of a work becomes a fragment in a process of development and growth.
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Available works

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Available works


  • #2068 Cast Puddle 2068, 2023

    Watercolor on plaster with wire and wood
    55,88 x 37,9 x 7,62 cm


  • #2067 Cast Puddle 2067, 2021

    Watercolor on plaster with wire and wood
    55,88 x 36 x 7,62 cm


  • #2150 Halo, 2023

    Pittura su tela con filo e legno
    98 x 98 x 5,7 cm


  • #1955 Lost Photograph #55, 2020

    Hand ground sumi on glass over paper and graphite in painted wood frame
    38,5 x 31 x 4,5 cm


  • #1957 Lost Photograph #57, 2020

    Hand ground sumi on glass over paper and graphite in painted wood frame
    38,5 x 31 x 4,5 cm


  • #1960 Lost Photograph #60, 2020

    Hand ground sumi on glass over paper and graphite in painted wood frame
    38,5 x 31 x 4,5 cm


  • #1542 - wave, 2017

    paint on canvas with thread over wood and aluminum frame
    100 x 100 x 50 cm


  • #1543 -position of heat, 2017

    paint on canvas with thread over wood and aluminum frame
    200 x 100 x 50 cm


  • #1540 - the weight of paint, 2017

    paint on canvas with thread over wood and aluminum frame
    200 x 100 x 50 cm


  • #1533 - miles of sound, 2017

    thread over painted wood and plaster frame with nails
    63,5 x 76 x 8,5 cm


  • #1536 - cumulative pinch, 2017

    thread over painted wood and plaster frame with nails
    58,5 x 58,5 x 8,5 cm


  • #1216 Heavy Pillow, 2012

    plaster and wood
    14 x 17 x 9 cm


  • #1549 - impact lens, 2017

    alluminum
    130 x 265 x 76 cm


  • System With 417 #416, 1996

    mixed media on paper and chalk
    7,6 x 43 x 22,9 cm


  • Winter Line #0696, 2001

    plaster, glass, paper, wire, wax and organic material
    11,5 x 30,5 x 14 cm


  • Liquid Curve #0733, 2002

    mixed media on plaster
    28 x 29 x 22 cm


  • Yoke #0752, 2003

    mixed technique on plaster, wood, glass and wire
    25 sezioni
    147 x 30,5 x 38,1 cm


  • White Puddles of Color #0751, 2003

    plaster and mixed media on paper (6 pieces)
    20 x 28 x 22 cm


  • Trickle #0758, 2003

    pigments on chalk
    45 x 37 x 6 cm


  • Stacked Colour #0757, 2003

    plaster cast , paper and thread
    45 x 37 x 6 cm


  • Curvature Study, 2012

    Multiple plaster, numbered and signed by the artist
    Limited to 25 copies
    15 x 41 x 22 cm


  • Glass Painting #1189, 2012

    various materials on wood
    68 x 87,5 x 7,5 cm


  • Yolk, 2004

    mixed media on canvas
    140 x 196 x 8 cm

Installations


  • Autodisporsi. Random and purpose, 2023

    Installation view, Studio la Città, 2023


  • Emil Lukas, 2017

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Emil Lukas, 2017

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • The end of utopia, 2017

    "The end of utopia" - installation view
    Palazzo Flangini, Venice


  • The End of Utopia, 2017

    installation view
    Palazzo Flangini, Venice


  • The End of Utopia, 2017

    installation view
    Palazzo Flangini, Venice


  • #1549 - impact lens, 2017

    "The end of utopia" - installation view
    Palazzo Flangini, Venice


  • Large curtain, 2014

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Curvature, 2012 - Installation view

    various material, environmental dimensions
    Studio la Città, Verona

    News

  • Saturday February 10, 2024 the exhibition TORN CURTAIN buongiorno, buonasera opens in the gallery. Like a narration of lives that run parallel, the exhibition – rather mysterious and unusual – presents a figurative dialogue between Luca Massimo Barbero and Hélène de Franchis; more than 60 works are on display, chosen according to each curator’s taste, with as many artists from various periods of art history, including painting, sculpture, installations and ceramics. Until May 4, 2024.


  • The Fundación Pablo Atchugarry of Miami presents 1989 from the Sinai to Harlem, by Pennsylvania based artist, Emil Lukas. The exhibition runs until April 27, 2024.


  • Studio la Città participates in the 56th edition of ArtCologne from 16 to 19 November 2023. In collaboration with Boccanera Gallery, six artists will be on display: Emil Lukas, Herbert Hamak and Jacob Hashimoto for Studio la Città and Linda Carrara, Andrea Fontanari and Gabriele Grones for Boccanera Gallery.


  • The Piero Atchugarry Gallery, in collaboration with Studio la Città, hosts for the first time in Pueblo Garzón – Uruguay the solo exhibition of Emil Lukas: The Distance of Time. The new works “Thread” and “Bubble” are proposed within the exhibition . From 10 January to 12 February 2023. Ph. Nicolas Vidal


  • “Entre dos líneas tenues” From January 6 to March 20, 2023.
    The Pablo Atchugarry Foundation and the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art – MACA present the American artist Emil Lukas for the first time in Uruguay.


  • ЯƎ is the title of the current exhibition running until October 31, 2022 at the Palazzo Reale of Palermo (Duca di Montalto rooms). Sixteen great contemporary artists symbolize sixteen paths to open reflection on reality: Alberto Burri, Saint Clair Cemin, Tony Cragg, Zhang Hong Mei, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, Emil Lukas, Mimmo Paladino, Claudio Parmiggiani, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tania Pistone, Andres Serrano, Ai Wewei and Gilberto Zorio.