Charlotte Lugt (1962) lives and works in an old schoolhouse in the Dutch village of Varik, which nestles in a bend of the River Waal, where it snakes through the rich farmland of central Betuwe region. During the winter period she works also in Amsterdam. After studying painting and graphic design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and fine art at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Charlotte established herself as a painter, teacher and gallery owner. She has exhibited in The Hague, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Paris. In 2007, Charlotte opened her own gallery in the artists’ quarter of Amsterdam, known as the Jordaan. She now works as a full-time painter in a studio that once used to be the schoolhouse gym. Visitors are received at the studio by appointment.
Charlotte’s work has two characteristic themes: landscape and humanism. Between those themes, there is an essential bond. For the smallest fossil speaks to us about the existence of an entire landscape. The story of each individual is enacted against a complex backdrop, in which everything is connected and in constant flux. Wherever one looks, one sees imprints of life, each a fascinating detail in a much bigger picture. It is the detail and its relationship to the greater tapestry that moves Charlotte and provides the direct inspiration for many of her works, which portray in abstract form the world she observes around her.
The techniques that Charlotte uses also explore the relationship between detail and dynamic context. Many of her paintings are the product of a delicate collage-aquarelle technique, by means of which fine details rendered in ink are transformed into transparent layers. However, Charlotte also produces abstract expressionist compositions in oil, full of strength, vitality and movement. She will often combine the two styles, constantly seeking new balances of color and composition. Every one of Charlotte’s paintings is a true original, unlike her other works in proportion or content. In consequence, every picture is a newly evocative representation of the ideas she unravels.
Charlotte Lugt is / or has been a member of the the following associations:
Blog je Winkel
Stichting Ateliers Apeldoorn
1988-1991 Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag
1991-1992 Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Arnhem