Simone Lucas’ work impresses with its mystical and enigmatic visual worlds, which evoke memories and associations, but have little in common with the real world. The protagonists accompany us through timeless and spaceless scenes. Sometimes without looking at the viewer, or noticing the other figures in the picture. They are part of a cosmos of their own, in which they act silently, albeit naturally. We find them in places reminiscent of study halls, studios and living spaces, or fused with motifs from the animal and plant world.
“Return” is Simone Lucas’ fourth exhibition at Galerie Rupert Pfab and combines paintings from a new group of works, showing extended nature studies and fantastical, hybrid creatures which seem to have been derived from the world of fantasy or fairy tales.
The treatment of color and the sometimes haptic application of paint are always visible in the paintings, which also make tangible use of the color’s structure as a material. Such observations are also thematized in Simone Lucas’ new paintings of butterflies or mushrooms, as nature develops its own colour spectra in them, without human intervention, and creates beauty with the aid of light and matter.
Simone Lucas (*1973) studied from 1995 to 2002 at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Prof. Dieter Krieg. Her works are represented in numerous collections in Germany as well as abroad. Her works have been shown at the Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (2005), the Kunstmuseum Ratingen (2007), the Museum Baden Solingen (2010) and the Kunsthalle Darmstadt (2015), among others. Her paintings have also been shown at the Kunstverein Speyer (2011), the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (2013) and in solo exhibitions at the Stadtmuseum Weilheim (2014), the Abtei Brauweiler in Pulheim (2018), and in 2021 at the Museum Bensheim, the Neue Galerie Gladbeck and the Galerie der Stadt Backnang.
Last year, Simone Luca’s works were shown at the Mannheimer Kunstverein, the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven and the Neue Galerie im Haus Beda.
In 2020, she received a working grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn.


Current works by Laura Aberham (slide #1), Isabelle Borges (slide #2) and Sophia Schama (slide #3) are displayed.