"An avid composer of abstraction with faint earthly accents as well as landscapes painted from memory, Arruda works in a modest scale. His abstract paintings possess precise color palettes in variant tints of a single color, subtly echoing wavy seas or hilly lands coated with a masterful rendition of light. His landscapes of tangled jungles or seascapes are plucked from his mind’s eye. 'Over the years, repetition and process of painting itself have brought me a manner of working, and this is an ongoing process,' explains the painter... For Arruda, his landscape paintings are like portals that crack open white walls to uncharted territories that defy familiarity. While recognizable to the eye, he clarifies that these are divorced from a specific geography or culture and are 'part of the environment at large…archetypal [landscapes] in formation, or dissipation.'"
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Lucas Arruda: Deserto-Modelo opens at David Zwirner in New York on Thursday, September 12, from 6–8 PM.
Image: Lucas Arruda, Untitled (from the Deserto-Modelo series), 2019