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My work is about texture. I use resources from nature to create rubbings on thin papers. I use these images to collage and paint mixed media works that represent close-up and far away views of the earth. In my work, time is an element, and I am interested in reconfiguring the ancient, bringing it into a contemporary context.

The non-representational images are made by combining oil paint stick, acrylic, graphite and sand. I generally produce a series of 4 or 5 images related to one subject. When hung together, the assemblages reinforce a common theme referencing my printmaking background.

I am fascinated by the various views of natural and once living objects throughout their histories. For example, a majestic tree standing in the forest maintains its sense of beauty even when it is cut and made into something like a pier or a table. The age of the tree is evident through its rings or in its smooth and worn down surface, eroded by water, wind or sand.
My work often reflects my Midwest upbringing, where the view is flat land, and travel from one location to another allows the viewer time to study the patterns of the landscape.

More of Emily's work can be seen at InLiquid

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Emily Brett Lukens is a painter and printmaker living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her prints and mixed media works on paper she uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature.
She often adopts the mark making of nature, marks such as tree rings that may appear random and are not always symmetrical, and takes them a step further, manipulating the medium to create her own images. Other works reference patterns or surfaces in the environment.
After graduating with a MFA from the U of PA, Brett Lukens taught Printmaking at the Pennsylvania of the Fine Arts, U of PA graduate school of Fine Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design. At Bucks County Community College she taught Painting, Drawing, Color Theory and Design. Currently, she is teaching drawing and painting at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
Her work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Art Museum, The Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, West Chester State College, corporate and private collections. She has been exhibiting her work since the 1980’s.

  • A Random Walk, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • Small Works Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Small…But not Restricted, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design.
  • Bridgette Meyer Gallery. Juror, Bridgette Meyer. Philadelphia, PA
  • Prince Street Gallery Invitational, The Prince Street Gallery, New York City, NY
  • Beyond Geometry, Maine Center for Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME
  • Surface Tension, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Crossovers: Crafts, Art and Design, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
  • Guest Artist, Isalos Gallery, Stonington, ME
  • 12” x 12”, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Emily working

Contact Information

823 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147


tel:  215-208-9163


e-mail: emlu320@comcast.net


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