Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Art Medium: painting
Luxenburg describes the two decades she previously worked as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in trauma as ‘highly rewarding’. Her academic training and professional experience concerning the turbulent human psyche has undoubtedly influenced her work, as most of Luxenburg’s subject matter revolves around people or objects that experience some type of distress, such as confusion, dread, conflict, anger or numbness. She describes her figures interacting with water or condensation on glass as a symbolic expression, a metaphor for a fatigued emotional state, a sense of alienation and the process of cleansing disturbing emotions. She describes her models as the vessels who carry her projected emotions. Most of Luxenburg’s series’ portray her moods and the psychological phases relating to the challenging periods in her life.
Luxenburg’s drafting and painting methods are grounded in classical formulae. She works in dry brush style using a dappled technique of lying different coloured marks of paint side by side and by glazing with thin translucent layers of single colour one on top of the other. Through the decades, she has maintained an allegiance to water based media, and has invented unusual methods of applying absorbent compound on top of gessoed layers and in mixing acrylic and water-colour paint with granulating medium. In all compositions, she strives for tight details and precision on the main subject elements and uses an airbrush when suggesting the background.
Her formal art education was completed in studio painting at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, The School of Art & Design of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, The Banff Centre For The Arts, Banff Alberta and at Keene State College, New Hampshire, U.S.
Luxenburg’s work can be found in private collections such as The Count Ibex Collection, corporate, and museum collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe.
Blindsided, acrylic on linen, 60×30 in
Beginning, acrylic on linen, 30×36 in
The Dark Side, acrylic on linen, 36×30 in
Forest From Trees, acrylic on linen, 30×36 in
The High Road, acrylic on linen, 33×24 in
Camouflage, watercolour on paper, 27.3×24 in
I Love My Hat, watercolour on paper, 22×25 in
Mom’s Jacket, acrylic on linen, 40×24 in