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Keren Luchtenstein

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Degree: MA RCA
University: Royal College of Art
Graduation Year: 1980

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Avidly collected by patrons such as Sir Paul Smith, Keren Luchtenstein's still lives see the observation of objects with almost irrational reverence. Luchtenstein’s attentive and nostalgic paintings playfully investigate the resonance of objects and the powers we give them to protect us. 

Keren Luchtenstein makes illusionistic oil paintings portraying items which appear to occupy the viewer’s space. As a child Keren remembers the sensory experience of examining objects with a heightened obsessive focus. Through her paintings she aims to communicate the pleasure thus derived.

This connection with childhood feelings informs the subject-matter - the yearning for beautiful shoes and ornaments, the emotional attachment to well-used utility items and to inherited objects. Much of Keren's work relates to fashion and textiles - clothes and interiors being an abiding delight to her. 

The paintings reflect her personality- at the same time quiet and controlled but passionate and emotional. Despite the skill-based approach to the work, the paintings aren’t about virtuoso technique, they are about the feelings evoked by contemplation of the objects portrayed.

Keren studied textile design at art school in the 1970’s, gaining an MA at the RCA in 1980 before pursuing a career in illustration. She has been painting full – time for several years.

Artist Statement

I paint belongings. They include toys, jewellery, shoes and ornaments. These treasured possessions are painted as portraits, imbuing them with the importance I feel they deserve. The paintings invite the viewer to imagine stories about the objects and the memories and emotions they trigger. Lost possessions can cause a yearning out of all proportion to their monetary value. my refugee father lost everything, not once but twice. In the end, his belongings existed only in his memory. In my work, I try to recapture the hidden past of lost possesions. People who have commissioned me to paint their precious objects are often overcome with emotion when they see the finished work.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2015, "Belongings", Art@42 

Original works:

Red Escalado

By Keren Luchtenstein

£300

Chilprufe

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2800

Tisshoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2000

Spotty Dogs

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2000

Brown and Yellow Gloves

By Keren Luchtenstein

£1700

Lament

By Keren Luchtenstein

£700

Silver Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

£800

Barbie Shoe

By Keren Luchtenstein

£700

Chinese Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

£800

Pearl Circle

By Keren Luchtenstein

£900

Foxterriers

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2500

Cat Scraps

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2000

Flemish Thistlebucket

By Keren Luchtenstein

£2500

Sold Artworks:

Ink Study Two

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Ink Study One

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Ink Study Three

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Tuesday

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Tennis Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Six Pairs Red Ribbon

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Brass and Glass earrings

By Keren Luchtenstein

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'Red Toed Plimsolls'

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Big White Doll Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Ballet Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Big Red Brocade

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Four Brocade

By Keren Luchtenstein

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The Orient

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Red Debonair

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Red Lace Boxing Gloves

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Ballet Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Redtoe

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Darnety

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Pink Thistlebucket

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Leopard Platforms

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Red Pumps

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Gold and Silver

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Big Gloves

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Red Charms

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Skyscrapers

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Life Study 8

By Keren Luchtenstein

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My First Shoes

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Butterflies

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Onitsuka

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Orange White Plimsolls

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Antique Gold

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Starlight

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Blue Vans

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Old Nelson

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Old Boxing Gloves

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Souvenir

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Chintz Wavyline

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Skated to Death

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Little Plimsolls

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Stripey

By Keren Luchtenstein

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Monkey

By Keren Luchtenstein

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