A new look at an ancient substance

Seawards most ambitious work to date will challenge your perception of Canada’s most controversial resource, shedding a new light on an old material

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Capturing the overlooked

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These intriguing pieces seamlessly fuse macro photography with naturally occurring oil sands which creates a multi-dimensional viewing experience

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Artist Statement

Incorporating substances from archival ink to textured rich oil sands encapsulated in glass-like resin. Contemporary Oil Sands seamlessly fuse highly detailed macro photography with raw oil sands in an aim to expand upon one’s perception of Alberta’s most controversially utilized resource, formulating it beyond its utilitarian history and social dogma. Lucas conceptually demonstrates human polarity, mutual dependency and interconnectivity with the environment through material appropriation, form and composition. The result is a collection of works that will immerse viewers in a new world, offering a transformative look at one of earth’s most ancient substances.

Short Biography

Lucas Seaward is a Canadian painter, photographer, graphic designer who has always been fascinated with the complex relationship between man and nature. In 2009 Lucas journeyed to Fort McMurray where he discovered the immense industrial development happening in Northern Alberta. Conflicted with mixed emotions of the visit Lucas has since been on a mission to challenge our perceptions of Alberta’s oil sands, advocating open-mindedness while encouraging awareness of man’s growing impact on the planet. Today, out of his studio in Edmonton, Lucas pursues a reconnection between humanity and nature with an imaginative new approach to an ancient substance.

Interesting Fact

Fort McMurray

This body of work is an accumulation of seven years of photography taken entirely within walking distance of Fort McMurray.

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Epson Legacy Paper

Legacy Baryta has two barium sulphate coatings with an industry leading microporous inkjet receptive layer that produces deep, rich blacks (Dmax), expanded colour gamut and gentle tonal gradations.

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Exhibition Schedule

Art exhibitions change often. The receptions are open to the public but you wish a private viewing please arrange in advance 780-881-3301


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Phone: (780) 881-3301
Email: lucas@lucasseaward.com

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