(NY ARTS “FLIGHTS OF FANCY“/ CHINA ARTS Vol. 13 N° 5/ 6, 2008, INTERNATIONAL EDITION)
Palmira Hernández de Lueck
Despite having lived and worked in Germany for many years, Palmira Hernandez de Lueck was born in Guadalajara, a city in the north of Mexico. Remaining rooted in the artistic soil of her homeland, a sense of her cultural ancestry, and her internal psyche is reflected in these stunning works.
These sumptuous paintings represent a crossroads of East and West. Drawing upon sources as varied as Orientalism, Byzantine art, Mycenaean metalwork, and Persian rugs, the artist also exhibits more contemporary references including Art Nouveau symbolism, and modernist Abstraction. Employing a strongly stylized painting method, the work is distinguished by layered shapes and elegant gold. The artist’s figurative work is distinguished by dynamic, undulating, and lyrical brushstrokes combined with curved “whiplash” lines of syncopated rhythm. The striking two-dimensionality with which Hernandez de Lueck surrounds her figures evokes the gold ground found in much Byzantine religious art, a ground that, in its negation of space, may be regarded as negating time—and in so doing, creating a figure of eternity.