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.