David Kaye Gallery » Christina Luck

The Big Picture
September 3 - 27, 2015

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Monday, 2015, acrylic on panel, 9 X 12 in.

The Big Picture is a series of intimate still life paintings that inventory life in my 60th year. Pills, lists, feet and breakfast make the most urgent daily demands. What will all these little works say about where I’m at right now? I’m prepared to face the truth revealed on the gallery wall.

GALLERY

Christina Luck, Alternate Names, In Case I Need One, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in., framed 10 1/2 X 13 1/2 in.Christina Luck, Gord Called, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 10 X 10 in., framed 11 1/8 X 11 1/8 in.Christina Luck, You Can Have It Tomorrow, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 10 X 8 in.Christina Luck, Mirror, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 10 X 10 in., SOLD.Christina Luck, Monday, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in., framed 10 1/2 X 13 1/2 in.Christina Luck, I Relish Relish and Bologna, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, Good Morning Good Morning, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 12 X 16 in.Christina Luck, The Tinker Bell, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 10 X 8 in., framed 11 1/2 X 9 1/2 in.Christina Luck, Scary Still Life, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, Safety First, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 12 X 9 in., framed 13 1/2 X 10 1/2 in.Christina Luck, Soak, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in., framed 10 1/2 X 13 1/2 in.Christina Luck, Everything Shoes, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in., framed 10 1/2 X 13 1/2 in.Christina Luck, Sensible French Shoes, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 14 X 11 in., framed 15 1/2 X 12 1/2 in.Christina Luck, My Spot, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 11 X 14 in., framed 12 1/2 X 15 1/2 in.Christina Luck, This Painting is an Invasion of Privacy, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, View From My Spot, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 11 X 14 in.Christina Luck, Green, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 12 X 9 in.Christina Luck, Junior Lumberjack, 2015, acrylic on birch panel, 12 X 16 in.

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Return to Nancy Street
May 30 - June 28, 2013

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GALLERY

Christina Luck, Poster #1 Flower Moon, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Lucky Larsen Survivor Great Flood, Great Fire and Great Frost, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Li’l Beggar Yumi McGee, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Former Child Star Calliope Allswell, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Dead Animal Remover April Butts Fitch, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Cynic Happy Noland, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Frederick H. Farquar, Director, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Dreamer Linwood Pugh, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Poisoner Millie Peacock, 2010, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Queenie Mary Ogilvy Honey Magnate, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Idiot Cotton Chance, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Peter “Pudge” Stockton Curling Club Custodian, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Jemima Whippey the Quack, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Ghost Baker Armand Beasley, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Mayor Gervase Walls, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Polly Wakerobin the Scamp, 2013, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Poster #3 The Idiot Detective, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Poster #5 Curses, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Poster #2 Return To Nancy Street, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Poster #4 Snow Day, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Poster #6 Nice, 2013, acrylic and canvas on birch panel, 48 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, Return to Nancy Street, Exhibition installation view.

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My Town: painting
June 2 - 26, 2011

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The paintings in this exhibition My Town present a possible theatrical version of my neighbourhood. The tongue-in-cheek use of stock characters is intended to mock the standard urban view of village life, that as a transplanted urbanite I have often improperly held to be true. My real town is lucky enough to have a thriving community theatre in a 19th century Temperance Hall where I am the default set designer. I approached My Town as I might a play (and an obvious play on Thorton Wilder’s Our Town), although there is no play here, just a stage, actors and props.

There are 4 categories of painting: the houses, headshots, stage trees and tableaux.

The houses, complete with notes on previous real town and current My Town occupants as well as interesting bits of local lore, reveal through their architectural styles a typical Ontario town.

The headshots are portraits of some of my neighbours, to whom I have given character names and roles to play, which are not meant to reflect in any way their true natures. I painted from photographs I took because I like the transformations exacted by the camera itself and by the act of posing for the camera. The headshots refer to actors photographs used for auditions and publicity, as well as drivers licence photos or in some cases, police mugshots. It is important to note that dogs are extremely important members of the community.

Stage trees form the proscenium, arching over the acting area and sometimes masking the wings. I love the trees in my real town. Planted generations ago they feed and shelter our giant squirrels and cool our decks and houses in summer. The four paintings are of my favourites, in and out of the spotlight.

The tableaux reference 17th century genre paintings like those of Steen and Brueghel, as well as Degas’ paintings of back stage at the ballet. The Cleaners is an obvious nod to Millet’s The Gleaners. First I set up the space in my imaginary box of a theatre, using a rising perspective as I usually do in concept drawings for the stage. I have given my imaginary theatre something my real one does not: a fly gallery so houses can be lowered in and out of a scene. Again, I asked my neighbours to pose for me, but as individuals so their place in the scene and relationships to each other are determined in the studio. Therefore there is some illogic to the scale and perspective. This is my painterly analogy for the effect of lighting on stage, as space seems to shift and change as it is carved out by light and the walls we use to judge depth disappear in black shadows.

GALLERY

Christina Luck, The Art Club, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 36 in.Christina Luck, The August Meeting of the Bullshit Society, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 30 X 40 in.Christina Luck, Stage Tree #1, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 18 in.Christina Luck, The Strollers, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 24 X 36 in.Christina Luck, The Cleaners, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 24 in.Christina Luck, The Party, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 36 in.Christina Luck, Stage Tree #3, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 18 in.Christina Luck, The Loiterers, 2009, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 24 in.Christina Luck, Stage Tree #2, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 18 in.Christina Luck, Stage Tree #4, 2011, acrylic on wood panel, 36 X 18 in.Christina Luck, The Clean House, 2009, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, The Green House, 2009, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, The Pink House, 2009, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, Wilma’s House, 2011, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, The Blue House, 2011, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, The Lion’s Den, 2011, acrylic on board and masonite, 9 X 12 in.Christina Luck, The Hoodlum Guy Plewe, 2010, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Gloom Doomsayer Mrs. Edythe Wallfish Walls (née Korn), 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Retired Madam Crazy Cat Lady Esperanza Fitch, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Drunk Doctor Adam Miner, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Demi-Lune Moon the Occultist, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Best Pickle 1998 to 2010 Hazel Pike, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Most Beautiful Baby 2008 Mary Lou Dill, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Dead Animal Remover, April Butts Fitch, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Li'l Beggar Yumi McGee, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Four Corners Gigolo Romeo Herring, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Spy Count Apollo Pushkin, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Ghost Baker Armand Beasley, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Mayor Gervase Walls, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Hermit Poet Aurel Smoot, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Cynic Happy Noland, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Poisoner Millie Peacock, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, The Idiot Cotton Chance, 2011, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, Mrs. Fleur de Lis Social Convenor, 2010, acrylic on MDF, 6 X 6 in.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.Christina Luck, My Town: painting. Exhibition installation view.