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Lucia Love

Lucia Love paints icons of public power and worship on deliciously unstable ground. In these works, we see some of history’s most static representations experience revelatory psychic breaks through vibratory colors and collisions of deftly painted surfaces.

Lucia Love
Angel at The Wheel, 2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 72 in

The resulting works reveal a decidedly 21st century discourse about the fluid, malleable nature of truth, and history. Within that rupture, Love paints epic struggles between the individual and the collective.

Lucia Love
Fairhaven, 2021
Oil on panel

Lucia Love
Gouache, ink, watercolor, pencil
12 x 16 in

From the linear perspective of the Renaissance, to cubism of the early Modern era, visionary artists have captured the zeitgeist in the handling of painted space.

The figures in Love’s paintings are amalgamated bodies, often balancing on impossible podiums or floating in broken geometries that defy perspectival logic. Love captures the instability of moral ground in our time of global peril.

Lucia Love
Night and Day, 2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 72 in

Lucia Love
Gouache, ink, watercolor, pencil
12 x 16 in

Lucia Love
Gouache, ink, watercolor, pencil
12 x 16 in

Chiseled gods with aspirational abs, marbled seraphim, military leaders, soviet kitsch, tarot, occult symbology, and biblical allegories are just some of the array of references commingling within Love’s paintings.

Lucia Love
BDW (Big Dick Wrangler), 2021
Oil on linen
30 x 40 in

Lucia Love
Gouache, ink, watercolor, pencil
12 x 16 in

Love also paints networked fields allowing the vast range of characters to associate in surprising and profound ways.

Angels are vehicles for one of Love’s most interesting and enduring inventions - a symbolic head composed of connected figures.

Lucia Love
Delicate Touch, 2021
Oil on panel
48 x 36 in

This human chain is sometimes doubled when the circle of figures literally share minds with mirrored counterparts.

At times this form also resembles a crown. Like a powerful talisman, these beings in Love’s paintings become apotropaic forces to uphold and carry forth the magical power of connection and community.
- Emily Mae Smith

Lucia Love
Excelsior, 2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 60 in

Lucia Love (b. 1988, New York, NY, lives and works in NY) attended the School of Visual Arts on a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, where she studied painting and animation. She is co-host of the Art and Labor podcast, where she chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the arts. Art and Labor focuses on the human cost of the art world and advocates for fair labor practices for artists, museum workers, art handlers, interns, and anyone traditionally overworked and underpaid in the field.