Lucas Seaward - Oil Sands Art


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Who is he



My aim is to create a composition that goes far beyond the canvas surface. If a picture is worth a thousand words, it is my goal to create art that will evoke emotions and stimulate conversation. Inspired by the natural world, I utilize the black, oily, viscous material bitumen as juxtaposition in the creation of my art. In recent work, I am pairing the opposite extremes of industrial development with wildlife’s inherent beauty. I am seeking poetic metaphors that conceptually capture the intersection of global industrialization and global symbiosis.


Lucas Seaward is a Canadian painter, photographer and graphic designer who has always been fascinated with the complex relationship between man and nature. Inspired by his journey to Fort McMurray in 2009, Lucas discovered the immense scale of the industrial development happening in remote Northern Alberta. Conflicted with mixed emotions from the experience Lucas has since been on a mission to advocate responsible development while encouraging awareness of mans growing impact on the planet. Today, out of his studio in Alberta, Lucas pursues a reconnection between humanity and nature. His paintings combined naturally occurring 100 million year old organic material known as Bitumen ( a.k.a. Oil Sands which is used to produce thousands of everyday items ranging from plastics to perfume ) with modern day subject matter. His recent works challenge us to observe the inner workings of our way of life and the balance we have to maintain with our surroundings.In 2012 Lucas gained national exposure as he was awarded a place within Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio and has since become a internationally sought after artist.




A Review Of My

curriculum vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 On going, Gas & Oil Expo North America, Calgary, AB
2012 New Space, Frames & More Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB
2011 Recent Works, Oil Sands Celebration Banquet, Fort McMurray, AB
2008 Balance, Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook, NL
2005 Graphite Series, Vision Images, Edmonton, AB

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Oil, Points North Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB
2012 Art Show, Frames & More Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB
2011 New Works, Frames & More Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB
2011 Celebration, MacDonald Island Community Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB
2010 Shades of Grey, Frames & More Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, AB


Arts and Culture, Alberta Venture, Dec 11, 2014
A day in Fort McMurray, The Globe and Mail, Oct 29, 2014
Seven lesser-known uses for asphalt, Asphalt Magazine, Sept 14, 2014
Love the way we bitumen, The Coast - Halifax, Jan 17, 2014
Bitumen Art, Alberta Primetime, CTV Two Alberta, Sept 24, 2013
Talent from the ground up, Connect, June, 2013
The Homestretch, CBC Radio, June 12, 2013
Crude Oil on Canvas, Edmonton Journal, September 15, 2012
Transforming Bitumen to Art, Fort McMurray Today, June 23, 2012
Opening Night, Shaw TV, February 14, 2012
Painting For Public Perception, Oilsands Review Magazine, December, 2011
McMurray Matters, Mix 103.7 FM, October, 2011
Oil Sands Trade Show, Shaw TV, September 14, 2012

Commissions & Awards

2016 The Hoist, Edmonton Oilers, Rogers Place Arena
2015 Rings of Ascension, 9Triple8 Jasper Building
2015 Golden Spiral , Fouts Private Collection
2015 A New Horizon , Syncrude Canada
2014 Form Follows Funtion, Earls Restaurant
2014 Sky Explorer, Fort McMurray International Airport
2014 Lasting Impression, Fort McMurray International Airport
2014 Approaching Apex, Wood Buffalo Cycling Club
2014 Tenacious Talons, National Art Porfolio Selection, Ducks Unlimited Canada
2013 Change From Within, NorthWord Magazine Cover
2012 Arctic Cuddle, National Art Porfolio Selection, Ducks Unlimited Canada
2012 Top 40 Under 40, Fort McMurray Connect
2012 Husky Howl, Fort McMurray Hotel Group
2011 Harmonious Husky, Oil Sands Celebration Banquet

Professional Affliations, & Education

2011-2012 The Post Gallery, Fort McMurray, Advisory Board
2012 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Selection Committee, Public Art Project
2012 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Selection Committee, Artist in Residency Program
2004 Digital Media Producer Diploma, Guru Digital Arts College, Edmonton, AB


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