Lucassen

Dutch, 1939

Lucassen produces images that are formulated/ articulated using a pictorial idiom that is rich in associations, memories, non-conformism, symbols, and syntheses, and are always grounded in a powerful personal and expressive style. Although the artist’s world takes shape indoors, his gaze remains focused on the outside world, on life itself. He has been called a thinking painter, a modern symbolist who presents his viewers with a constructed reality which is far from straightforward. With Lucassen, the mystery of painting is in good hands. He ushers you into a wondrous world where there is much to see and where the rational exists alongside the personal and the intuitive – a world where you might think you recognize something but where you are just as likely to be left in amazement without knowing exactly what his formulations and constructions mean. No explanation is needed, though, because even without it the image is still full of meaning.

In his secluded room the curtains are almost always drawn. Only on rare occasions are they slightly opened, offering us a glimpse into the artist’s wondrous world. Not too much, just enough to give us something to hold on to. In his own way Lucassen gives meaning to things that are important to him, things that define and color his world. It might be something trivial, but sometimes he will use the same representation to express his admiration for some art historical masterpiece. He does not simply copy the work, on the contrary: he uses it to access his own reality by expressing his amazement about the enormous human potential. He has the ability to translate every pictorial element of his choice into a new form and meaning, and in so doing always carries it into the present.

In the1960s and 1970s, Lucassen painted constructions in which figurative elements predominate. From the 1980s onward, he abandons figuration, only to reintroduce it in his assemblages of the past fifteen years. The diversity of formal manifestations could also be called a kind of ‘de-stylization’. His unique oeuvre is indeed incomparable. Lucassen has become his own style without falling back on stylistic devices or the constraints of theory. This has resulted in paintings and assemblages of great pictorial and intuitive richness that have allowed him to translate the personal into the universal.

Lucassen, Zoek de slang, 1965

Lucassen, Zoek de slang, 1965

acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm

Artworks

Lucassen, Zoek de slang, 1965

Lucassen, Zoek de slang, 1965

acrylic on canvas 100 x 120 cm
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Lucassen, Sel (Loch in Eeuwigheid), 1990 - 93

Lucassen, Sel (Loch in Eeuwigheid), 1990 - 93

oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm
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Lucassen, Boogie Woogie (naar P.M.), 2006

Lucassen, Boogie Woogie (naar P.M.), 2006

assemblage work: 40 x 37.5 cm frame: 51 x 47.5 x 6.5 cm
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Lucassen, Geest & Materie, 1994

Lucassen, Geest & Materie, 1994

oil on paper 41 x 29.5 cm
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Lucassen, De Kus, 1975

Lucassen, De Kus, 1975

acrylic on canvas 160 x 160 cm
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Lucassen, Stilleven met Morandi, 1971 - 72

Lucassen, Stilleven met Morandi, 1971 - 72

acrylic on canvas 140 x 120 cm
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Lucassen, Image: this is not une pipe (naar Margritte), 1993

Lucassen, Image: this is not une pipe (naar Margritte), 1993

oil on canvas 70 x 80 cm
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Lucassen, zonder titel, 1983

Lucassen, zonder titel, 1983

pencil & oil on paper 21 x 29 cm
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Lucassen, Enige voorbeelden van succesvol cultureel ondernemerschap, 2017

Lucassen, Enige voorbeelden van succesvol cultureel ondernemerschap, 2017

assemblage work: 55 x 46.5 cm frame: 66.5 x 57 x 5.5 cm
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Lucassen, Il grande Metafisico (naar de Chirico) (2), 1994 - 95

Lucassen, Il grande Metafisico (naar de Chirico) (2), 1994 - 95

oil mixed with marble-dust on canvas 60 x 70 cm
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Publications

Lucassen, 2009

Lucassen, 2009

Hardcover, First Edition 2009
27.6 x 22 cm, 160 pages
ISBN 978-94-90128-05-0
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