Artist Portfolio Magazine’s 10 Art Competition
Artist Sheryl Luxenburg
Born April 1954, Montreal Quebec, Canada
In The Shower Series-
a place to begin and erase the day
a place for time out and to rejuvenate
a place to cry and pray
a place to think and make life decisions.
Sheryl Luxenburg is a Canadian hyperrealist painter based in Ottawa who uses watercolour on paper and acrylic on linen with airbrush and regular brush to capture ultra realistic subject matter. The flattened depiction of space revealed in her paintings is so hard to distinguish from reality, especially when viewed online, that many scroll over her hand painted work thinking they are photographs. Although Luxenburg’s technical skills are impeccable, it is most important to her that the viewer identifies with her subject matter and finds the soul in her artwork.
Luxenburg describes the two decades she previously worked as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in trauma as ‘highly rewarding’. Her academic training and professional experience concerning the turbulent human psyche has undoubtedly influenced her work, as most of Luxenburg’s subject matter revolves around people or objects that experience some type of distress, such as confusion, dread, conflict, anger or numbness. She describes her figures interacting with water or condensation on glass as a symbolic expression, a metaphor for a fatigued emotional state, a sense of alienation and the process of cleansing disturbing emotions. She describes her models as the vessels who carry her projected emotions. Most of Luxenburg’s series’ portray her moods and the psychological phases relating to the challenging periods in her life. The four paintings featured here are from are part of a larger body of work entitled, In The Shower.