Julia Lucich

 

My approach to art is similar to my approach to life: I relish variety. My formal education was decidedly un-artistic; degrees in sociology and criminology led to years of highly analytical work. Meanwhile, a part of me yearned for something more expressive, and I found myself drawn to painting (in particular, to portraiture), with a nagging certainty that “I can do that”. I was fortunate to come under the tutelage of master portraitist Bob Gerbracht whose instruction was in pastel, a medium that I immediately embraced for its vibrancy and spontaneity.

Continuing to work in a representational style, I found that color, for its own sake, had the ability to influence the power and impact of a painting. In 1995 I was working on a painting of giraffes, whose astonishing shapes and contours seemed to lend themselves to an outrageous approach. I chose to introduce color totally outside the normal range, and the result was one of unexpected whimsy. This painting gave birth to the Party Animal Series, and was selected by USArt magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for wildlife.

The Party Animals remain a compelling force, transcending the genre of “wildlife art” and appealing to anyone looking outside the box.

Often my portraits or figurative paintings have a narrative quality, with a focus on dramatic lighting that emphasizes mood and emotion. But no matter what I’m painting, I want the image to convey a positive energy, allowing the viewer to connect with the joy of life.

The Party's Baffled
The Party's Baffled

36" x 36"

The Party's Baffled

$3,471.00

The Party's Testing the Winds
The Party's Testing the Winds

22" x 28"

The Party's Testing the Winds

$1,962.00

The Party Extends a Welcome
The Party Extends a Welcome

60" x 40"

The Party Extends a Welcome

$6,339.00

The Party's Sitting This One Out
The Party's Sitting This One Out

48" x 36"

The Party's Sitting This One Out

$4,377.00

Party Duo
Party Duo

30" x 60"

Party Duo

$4,754.00

The Party's New Stylist
The Party's New Stylist

24" x 24"

The Party's New Stylist

$1,962.00

Choice Space for the Party
Choice Space for the Party

20" x 40"

Choice Space for the Party

$2,340.00

The Party's Fine on His Own
The Party's Fine on His Own

20" x 30"

The Party's Fine on His Own

$1,962.00

Party of One
Party of One

20" x 24"

Party of One

$1,811.00

Can't Out-Fox the Party
Can't Out-Fox the Party

18" x 24"

Can't Out-Fox the Party

$1,585.00

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