Attila Richard Lukacs



Attila Richard Lukacs (b. 1962) is one of Canada's most distinctive if not revolutionary Canadian figurative painters. 

Lukacs established his reputation in the 1980s by creating astonishing large-scale paintings that depicted skinheads, construction workers, and other masculine archetypes in elaborate and erotic scenes.

The physical presence of the Lukacs' male subjects stands out as one of the artist's most distinctive aesthetic elements. With meticulous attention to form and proportions, Lukacs skillfully renders his young men with expressive brushwork and an intense, moody palette reminiscent of the old masters.

Despite the monumental scale of his canvases, Lukacs begins his creative process with a much more intimate and modern-day tool: the Polaroid.

Because of its immediacy and simplicity, it became an essential part of his process in the 80's and 90's. As a result, the artist amassed a trove of over 1,200 Polaroids that depict lovers, friends, and anonymous models in various poses that serve as a starting point for his paintings.

In this grid of Polaroids, "Bar Back" is a young man posing nude on top of a first aid kit. The exceptional warmth and rich hues infuse this series of 12 Polaroids with a sensual and painterly quality, a characteristic that is undoubtably present throughout the artist's oeuvre. 

From 2009-2012 a large touring exhibition devoted to Lukacs' Polaroids was shown at several museums across Canada including Museum London and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Working with Michael Morris the artist created / curated grids of 12 Polaroids. Similar to Andy Warhol, process material evolved into powerful individual works of art. We highly recommend the incredible book that was published in 2012 documenting this body of work 

Lukacs' work is featured in prominent collections across the globe, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Belgium).

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"Bar Back"


Assembled grid of 12 Polaroids

Signed and dated by artist, bottom left

16"H 12"W (work)

20.75"H 16.75"W (framed) 

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition

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