In such a short time, Patricia Van Lubeck has quickly become a leading neo-surreal artist. Born in Amsterdam in 1965, Patricia's life has quite recently changed dramatically. She used to be book-keeper until 2000 when she started the 21st century by becoming a fulltime professional artist. She moved to the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand in 2005. Since then her work has taken a new direction.
Although her style is often regarded as surreal, her work does not strictly fall in that category. Her paintings are apparently simple in composition but executed amazingly detailed and visually very dynamic. Her paintings have realistic elements, but above all an alienating atmosphere. Her works in recent years show landscapes and weird plant species which she calls her 'psychedelic gardens'.
'I consider my work an exploration of the ways we experience our environment. My inspiration comes from the ordinary world around me. It's the artist in me that puts things in an unusual perspective. Compare it to a baker looking at a corn field. He sees bread, cookies and pies, I see shapes, patterns and colors. I often zoom in on an everyday object and imagine a landscape. I must have been an insect in a previous life!' ..."
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