Attila Richard Lukacs

Galerie Dietmar Werle

The unusual and provocative works of the Canadian painter Attila Richard Lukacs show an unsettling world of half-naked men with shaved heads, their appearance possibly identifying them as members of the European and American urban youth movement broadly referred to as “punk.” Lukacs depicts these figures as small, diabolical, self-styled gods, whose rituals of pain, violence, and eroticism lie outside the moral categories of good and evil.

The artist first showed these paintings last spring in West Berlin, where he currently lives. In the new works he adds to his human figures, as an equal partner, a monkey, a character inspired by a well-known picture of Pieter Bruegel’s. Cunning, lecherous, curious, unrestrained, and greedy, the monkey participates in the punks’ rituals of violence, seduction, and intoxication. The dividing lines between human and animal are blurred; monkey and man become

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