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

Seaward's striking contemporary oil sand panels explore the relationship between perception and opinion, incorporating a variety of materials from ink on paper to textured rich oil sands encapsulated in glass-like resin. These intriguing pieces seamlessly fuse macro photography with raw naturally occurring oil sands in an aim to expand upon one’s awareness of Alberta’s most controversially utilized resource formulating it beyond its utilitarian history and social dogma. Seaward has a deep reverence for imagery, which combined with his meticulous approach, allows the viewer to surmise and discover the allegorical through natural form, offering an opportunity to break with the past to see anew.

Short Biography

Lucas Seaward is a Canadian painter, photographer 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.

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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