Janet Luxton’s luscious and detailed paintings are more than realist interpretations of wildlife. At the heart of Luxton’s work is her deep connection with nature and a profound respect for the beings which inhabit the earth. Through devoted attention she extracts the absolute essence of her subject matter, leading the viewer into powerful contemplation of a single subject. Luxton paints with deft technical skill and sensitivity, revealing in her enthralling imagery the unaffected yet utterly magnificent nature of the animal.
“One of the most stark themes of the planet, for thousands of years, has been our relentless exploitation of the natural world, all it’s wildlife has been dramatically impacted. Many species who were familiar to our ancestors have vanished, and huge numbers today are on the brink. Domesticated animals are continuously redesigned and bred by us in unimaginably vast numbers to be used and disposed of at our absolute discretion.
My recent work relates to birds and animals with which I have had a connection, often a fond and personal one. However humble all life is unique and deserves our unreserved respect and their place on the earth. My paintings are an attempt to portray this beautiful diversity and individuality” – Janet Luxton, 2016
Sydney based artist Janet Luxton worked as a draftsman and graphic designer in Auckland during …