Sem título da série Deserto-Modelo
Sem título da série Deserto-Modelo, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 1/2 × 11 3/4 inches (24 × 30 cm)
Lucas Arruda's (b. 1983) landscapes and seascapes are characterized by their subtle rendition of light. Devoid of specific reference points, his paintings achieve instead their variety through the depiction of atmospheric conditions. The compositions verge on abstraction, but are grounded by an ever-present, if sometimes faint, horizon line that offers a perception of distance. Intimately scaled, they appear at once familiar and imaginary. Through his evocative and textured brushstrokes, Arruda foregrounds the materiality and physicality of paint, while also recalling his genres' historical associations with the Romantic sublime. Yet such parallels are circumvented by the repetitive, nonspecific settings depicted in the paintings. As Chris Sharp notes, "[A] certain steadiness, if not steadfastness, seems to link them together, as if they did not originate from an exterior, observed world, but from a single fixed point." ¹
1 Chris Sharp, "Lucas Arruda," unpublished text, Mendes Wood, São Paulo.