Salvatore of Lucan exhibits his vibrant pastels in Hang Tough Contemporary’s first solo show at their new location on Coppinger Row. With a mixture of bright, playful hues and broody, atmospheric dark tones, the artworks cater towards a vast range of artistic appreciation.
Salvatore of Lucan is a painter. Through his large scale works, he attempts to communicate clearly a sense of the world he inhabits that is both tangible and emotional. Exploring home, identity and relationships, he creates expansive domestic scenes where realism meets the uncanny, and the familiar broaches the magical.
His first solo show, ‘Show of Himself’ took place in Pallas Projects in 2018. He has been nominated twice for the Zurich Portrait Prize in the National Gallery with his paintings Me and My Dad in McDonalds and with Lucy With Three Hands and Me Holding on to Her Leg which was highly commended. In 2019 he won the Whyte’s Award, was nominated for Hennessy Craig Award in the RHA, appeared in RTE’s ‘Exhibitionists’ documentary and received the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award. Salvatore is currently developing two solo shows; an exhibition of pastel works for Hang Tough Contemporary and a collection of large scale paintings for the Kevin Kavanagh gallery. In 2021 he received funding from South Dublin County Dublin.
Salvatore’s aptly titled show, ‘Melodrama’, plays as an allegory of family and friends navigating through the turmoils of 2020 lockdowns and restrictions channeled through 20 characteristically unique pastel artworks. Confined to his home without the luxuries of an artist’s studio, Salvatore turned to pastels as a means of artistic expression, straying from his usual style of acrylic paintings.
While living with his mother, sister, and grandmother, Salvatore explores themes of family unity, cohabitation, and the persistence of ageing in a society that has become increasingly uncertain and unpredictable. These motifs are explored through vibrant pastels, striking hues, and stylistic figures that accumulate into a grand showcase of life through Salvatore’s eyes.