50 x 50 cm | 19 x 19 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Pearl necklace on dark brown background... These treasured possessions are painted as portraits, imbuing them with the importance I feel they deserve..."
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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.