Artist Inspiration: Painterly Portraits {Lux and Johan}

Recognize “Marianne”

taped to my wall in the last post?

The image was created by

one of my favorite artists:

l o r e t t a  l u x.

This particular photo was love at first sight as

it tickles my imagination on so many levels,

and the color palette leaves me breathless.

Drawing influence from paintings by old masters,

her surrealistic work awes me.

Digitally manipulating her photographs of

landscapes and children, Lux creates

an exploration of childhood.

Each portrait is painstakingly layered,

and the artist spends two months tweaking a single image.

I own her gorgeous which includes

45 such painterly portraits.

Loretta Lux

There’s an eeriness, yes?

But when is haunting lovely?

When it is as thoughtfully layered

as a Loretta Lux original.

Simen Johan’s work also draws me in

with its mystery, awe, and fantasy.

Many of his images shock, disturb, and engage the senses.

These digitally enhanced photos are from his

Until the Kingdom Comes

exhibit which I hope to view

later this month in NYC.

Digital manipulation–it’s not real!

Tranquil and brutal all at once?

It’s what the artist does so well.

Honestly, this one just makes me laugh.

Ever embrace someone, and in turns out

to be the most awkward hug EVER?

Ohmygoodness, ungraceful embraces

crack me up.

Johan’s sculpture incorporates barnacle,

cement, and other stuff my hormone-tastic

brain is forgetting, and I think it’s fabulous,

so I do hope to see it in the flesh.

Room to Play (Twin Palms)

Enigmatically disturbing, serene, otherworldly,

repulsive, startling (YES, startling…at least for suburban moms with anxiety and cravings for the edgy and the surreal who don’t get out much) images of children in Room to Play.

Do painterly portraits move you too?

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. December 8, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    Wow, just wow! Love these painterly works – the white reindeer in the woods one is especially grabbing me.

    I'm laughing with you about the awkward hugs!

    Meera xx

  2. December 9, 2011 / 12:34 am

    Oh my gosh… those are amazing… absolutely everything you said, beautiful, haunting, surreal, I'm in awe… I did notice the little redhead in your last post and was wondering about it. All of these are so compelling… the little girl in gingham… wow… she just jumps out at you, and the birds are so flawless they don't even look real.. the rhino so defeated … and the girl prone on the grass is beautiful and slightly off in an intriguing way.. Thank you so much for sharing them all… i love my brain to be messed with this way..


  3. December 9, 2011 / 4:51 am

    Mum's a painter, great grandfather was a royal photographer, uncle was press photographer and granny an artist. Michelle, to be moved by painterly portraits is perhaps in my blood 🙂

    Loved the post. Forwarding it to mum.

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