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Sheryl Luxenburg


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Artist Statement and Biography
Sheryl Luxenburg is a Canadian hyperrealist painter and artist mentor based in Ottawa who uses
watercolour on paper and acrylic on linen with airbrush and regular brush to capture
ultra realistic subject matter. The flattened depiction of space revealed in her
paintings is so hard to distinguish from reality, especially when viewed online, that
many scroll over her hand painted work thinking they are photographs. Although
Luxenburg’s technical skills are impeccable, it is most important to her that the
viewer identifies with her subject matter and finds the soul in her artwork.
Luxenburg describes the two decades she previously worked as a licensed
psychotherapist specializing in trauma as ‘highly rewarding’. Her academic training
and professional experience concerning the turbulent human psyche has undoubtedly
influenced her work, as most of Luxenburg’s subject matter revolves around people or
objects that experience some type of distress, such as confusion, dread, conflict,
anger or numbness. She describes her figures interacting with water or condensation
on glass as a symbolic expression, a metaphor for a fatigued emotional state, a sense
of alienation and the process of cleansing disturbing emotions. She describes her
models as the vessels who carry her projected emotions. Most of Luxenburg’s series’
portray her moods and the psychological phases relating to the challenging periods in
her life.
Luxenburg is most widely known for accentuating with paint a flattened 3 dimensional
look. Capturing this specific ocular perception is a hallmark quality of the
Photorealism Art Movement which began in the United States in the late l960’s and
has been coined by Louis Meisel. She became fascinated with this style 40 years ago
when studying in a residency program under the famous first generation photo-real
American painter, Tom Blackwell at Keene State College in New Hampshire, US.
Her formal art education was completed in studio painting at Concordia University,
Montreal, Quebec, The School of Art & Design of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
Montreal, Quebec, The Banff Centre For The Arts, Banff Alberta and at Keene State
College, New Hampshire, U.S..
Luxenburg’s work can be found in private collections such as The Count Ibex
Collection, corporate, and museum collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe.

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