Merike Lugus

Past Exhibition
April 1-16
Ruth Upjohn Gallery

Exhibition Details:
Merike Lugus

Solo exhibition of pantings
April 1 – 16, 2022

Ruth Upjohn Gallery
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artist present: April 1, 2, 9, 16
Artist talk: April 6 at 1 p.m.



The Women’s Art Association of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Merike Lugus. Merike’s techniques have progressed with each painting as she establishes a personal vocabulary of textures.

After my husband’s death, I discarded everything I knew about painting and began a path of discovery — from figurative to abstract, from oils to the shiny new acrylic options. Inspiration came from my then 5-year-old granddaughter who was fearless in her approach, so sure of her first bold strokes. So I began with the classic approach, marks on the canvas, then I poured brilliant pools of paint at random. I let go of the old constraints of structure and meaning. I needed to play. Soon I found my rhythm. I discovered that paint is a skin that can be manipulated, cut or carved into. At times it created jewel-like effects and I could indulge my childhood attraction to shiny objects. As it happens, this embrace of memory and childhood, stories and archetypes, matches my restless spirit, as I follow any direction and the process itself opens up.


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