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David Lucas has been painting, drawing/making art and exhibiting full time since completing a BA(honours) degree in Fine Art, Painting in 1987. Based in Sheffield and working in a number of different studios, his first large solo exhibition took place at The Mappin Art Gallery in 1990. This marked a development into working on large scale canvases in order to make full use of the huge gallery space and to surround the viewers scope of vision. Lucas continues to produce large scale paintings throughout the nineties showing them in alternative venues such as nightclubs and former industrial premises as well as public and private galleries. Since then he has added art fairs in London, Glasgow, Manchester and open studio events to his regular presentations and has produced a large range of canvases of varying scale to compliment different spaces. Throughout a professional career spanning three decades Lucas has exhibited widely. His work has been met with critical acclaim and is held in many collections across the world. In 2013 he was selected by Paul Noble for inclusion in the 'Creekside Open', and the following year in october was selected for the seventh edition of The OTHER ART FAIR, at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane in London. An event which received over thirteen thousand visitors. This year two paintings have been selected for the Kunsthuis International Summer Exhibition. A broad interest in the natural world, philosophy and astrophysics has informed his outlook and approach. In the latest body of work he has been exploring subjects like comets, light, water and vapour trails for their visual potential to inform a new series of atmospheric paintings and is continuing to experiment with presenting them as multi-panelled artworks.

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Michael Tooby, Keeper of Art, Mappin Art Gallery 1990

” A sense of landscape is the first impression made by David Lucas's paintings: they might evoke stormy skies above open horizons, light breaking through. His technique is to work with flashes of light and high tonal contrasts to create space and depth. This results in a space that shifts - as we step back from the works these 'highlights' on the surface go back into the space they create. Also shapes and forms appear to create a series of receding planes. ”

Robert Clark, The Guardian, May 17, 1990

” Lucas's drawings, with charcoal, graphite and smears of shellac, catch something in the air. The imagery might derive from improvisation and inner intuitions, but the atmosphere embodies a broader social, even global threat. Lucas's expanding potential as a painter is demonstrated by his largest work on show entitled Field of Vision. Here he breaks up the horizon with a series of energetic gestures. The space is tipped up and filled out so the picture takes on a less descriptive, more self sufficient presence. Lucas hints at a rich and open space beyond.”

reviewing ' Paintings and Drawings by David Lucas ', Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

Julie Frazer. March 27. 1993

” The tension between controlling the image and allowing chance to play its part is essentially the artists subject and source of power of the work ”

reviewing ' Paintings by David Lucas ', Flaxman Gallery, Staffordshire University

Jane Tadman. Sheffield Telegraph. October 8. 1993

” Lucas creates a compelling free form visual dynamic with bold swirls of greys, blacks and blues conjuring up strong mental images”

reviewing ' Evolutions ' , Paintings and Drawings by David Lucas, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

William Waters. Author(Burne-Jones). 1999

” Lucas has progressed from recording the landscape to a more subjective interpretative art which has allowed for a greater emotional and philosophical response to painting. Light, shafts of brightness and horizon lines are put into the work but his interest in the deeper aspects of infinity has widened the vision. He attempts to unravel the experience of the moment from both external and internal points of view. The contemporary existential response to the world is to fragment it. Lucas explores the fragmentary. His creative process incorporates a superstructure and the accidental potential within it. ”

Robert Clark. 'Pick of the Week' The Guardian. May 3. 2003

” The increasingly lively Bloc Space hosts a show of moody and highly evocative new abstract landscape paintings by the acclaimed Lucas, one of the gallery's resident artists.”

reviewing ' New Paintings by David Lucas ', Bloc Space, Sheffield

Dominic Mason. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. North Lincolnshire. 2007

” David Lucas creates evocative and sensual paintings. Although not directly representational, the paintings often contain the typical components of traditional landscapes such as beams of light and horizons. His Turneresque skyscapes explore the emotional and philosophical elements of painting. In ' Fragments ', each painting is a small part of a larger picture, embodying the processes of examination and division relating to science in the Twenty-First Century. For David these highly romantic paintings “take on board our present day understanding of the cosmos, our discoveries and understanding of space and its appearance.”