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Petra Lunenburg

Petra Lunenburg graduated in fashion design from ArtEZ Arnhem in 1996. Since then, she has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for numerous fashion labels and magazines. Focusing mainly on illustration and drawing, she has developed a feminine, free and evocative style. Her signature raw, minimalist and abstract technique creates a sense of ambiguity and is influenced by both fashion and art history, by René Bouché and Egon Schiele. She has explored her passion for nudes in a variety of media, including marker pen, ink, chalk and acrylic on paper. Lunenburg reveals a world of allure through sensual and seductive portraits of her subjects.

“Through my drawings I attempt to capture people’s animal side, or maybe just their human side,” she says. “I am fascinated by the power of the line. As a result, my work always consists of at least two layers. The first layer describes the figure: its posture, facial expression, use of colour and the figurative elements that tell or suggest a certain story. The second layer resides in the lines themselves, their energy, the result of the force of my hand in relation to the resistance of the paper, arising from emotion and the choice of materials. I believe that you can get extremely close to the maker’s soul through a line. It’s a highly personal, unique and tangible record of a particular moment in time. I think that’s why I draw constantly, repeating the same things as a sort of organic process that mutates here and there. Those mutations are often the works that make me think: yes, that’s it!”

Penelope Curtis, Dirk van den Heuvel
jo taillieu architecten
Goda Budvytyte
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
LEVS architecten, WDJARCHITECTEN, Hubert-Jan Henket

Art on Display 1949-69 is part of a series of exhibitions consisting of 1:1 models that focus on the specific qualities of the interior at the intersection of architecture and design.