‘Eventually man, too, found his way back to the sea. Standing on its shores, he must have looked out upon it with wonder and curiosity, compounded with an unconscious recognition of his lineage.’
Rachel Carson The Sea Around Us
I paint from memory, drawing on time spent watching the changing moods of the ocean and the skies. In particular the play of light over and into its surface.
Painting on a flat surface rather than an easel enables to me apply strong downward pressure and use large sweeping expansive movements with free manipulation of the paint on the surface. In my view the paintings are a success when they hold a dramatic energy and sense of movement while at the same time carrying a peaceful, ethereal presence and a feeling of the passing of time. It’s this tension between these two contrasts that I find so fascinating.
I’m always looking for a sense of immediacy in the work and try to avoid overworking the paintings. It’s a process of distillation – of paring things back to their essence, resulting in emotionally evocative paintings that allow space and openness for fresh discoveries and interpretations.
Ben Lucas is a painter who is interested in conveying emotions evoked by the natural landscape.
Ben has a strong family background in the arts. He is the son of the ceramicist Caroline Lucas as well as being the brother of the portrait painter Fanny Rush and the sculpture Joe Rush, founder of the Mutoid Waste Company. He is also the Grandson of the author Mary Norton best known for the children’s classics ‘The Borrowers’. His Grandfather Colin Lucas was a pioneering modernist architect and painter who received an OBE for his work. Colin was a member of ‘Unit One’ the British grouping of Modernist artists founded by Paul Nash.
Ben lives in Australia where he works in his Noosa studio alongside his wife – the highly regarded studio potter Elke Lucas.
2021 La Niña Blues – Sydney Road Gallery, Northern Beaches, Sydney
2020 Under Moving Skies – The Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2019 Look Back in Wonder – The Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2018 An Infinite Mirror – Stevens Street Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2018 All Available Light – The Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2017 Stories from Sea and Land – Left Bank Gallery – Gold Coast
2019 The 4 Amigos Red Hill gallery – Brisbane
2018 Sea Change – The Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2017 Lost and Found – Stevens Street Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2017 Q1 Art Wall Exhibition – Kit and Ace – Brisbane
2016 Q4 Art Wall Exhibition Kit and Ace – Brisbane
2013 A Taste of Art – Noosa Regional Gallery – Sunshine Coast
2012 Alan Reading Memorial Art Awards – Sunshine Coast
2009 Face to Face – COCA – Christchurch, NZ
2021 Caloundra Regional Gallery – LCLA – Winner – Peoples Choice Award
2021 Caloundra Regional Gallery – LCLA – Finalist
2020 Caloundra Regional Gallery – LCLA – Finalist
2018 Caloundra Regional Art Prize Finalist
2012 Alan Reading Memorial Art Prize: Winner – Contemporary Painting
Sydney Road Gallery, Sydney
Thom Gallery, Byron Bay
Nissarana Galleries, Noosa & Mornington Victoria
Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
The Gallery, Peregian Beach
Jacket cover: Two Journeys Published by Grosvenor House Publishing Limited 2016
Jacket cover: Handbook of the Development of Children’s Memory Published by Bauer/Wiley-Blackwell 2013
Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, Germany, the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.