Patricia Van Lubeck (Amsterdam, 1965)
Living and working in Australia.

Although my style is often regarded as surreal, my work does not strictly fall in that category.
My recently created oil paintings are all about individualism. The trees in my paintings are performing like actors in a scene Most of the people can personify themselves with one of the trees/actors. You can see yourself as being the brave one, the shy one, the cheeky one or the lucky one. Just like the trees in my latest landscapes. Even if it’s for just one particularly situation in your life.

About my painted portraits of imaginary people (see my website) I have ever said: Every portrait is a self-portrait. Not literally on the outside, but they all are separate parts of my own character. To be more specific; a magnified version of a part of my character. Just like an actor digs up something out of the dark corners of his own personality to play a convincing role.
Maybe the meaning of the landscapes is not very different of the portraits. In fact the trees are performing a role or character too.

Some facts;
Exhibited in The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
Received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner foundation in New York.
Finalist in the NZ 2010 Adam portraiture awards, the 2007 NZ Painting & Printmaking Award and the 2006 James Wallace Art Awards. Runner-up in the 2006 Tivoli Audio PAL Case design contest.
Featured in books, magazines, advertisements and on CD-covers.

  • Joined: June 2009



Joining the A.R.T. ’12 (Art Revolution Taipei) was a real milestone in my career. The decision to be at the fair in real person was even better. One great learning course! / Before I received an invitation of X-power gallery in Taipei to participate this adventure I never have had much thoughts about Taiwan. Some people I told about my plans even confused Taiwan with Thailand ;) And to be h…
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A while ago I received something in the mail I wanted to own by myself for ages. In some way I always found it a kind of ‘tool’ not intended for me. It was meant for shops. But every time I noticed those small colour samples in the paint shop, I stole a few of them and add them to my other few thumbed strips. It didn’t make sense and it took too long to steal every colour that exist. / Now I boug…
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Lubeck trees in real life

Normally; first there is my painting … and then Mother Earth imitates me with a pale shadow of my created treasures. That’s how it happens all the time! / Being a painter is a case of self-confidence, isn’t it? / Somewhere in Spain, Mother Nature has been ahead of me. / I created the painting named ‘September’ a long time ago, in the year 2001. / But … last year I saw some amazing pictures of a c…
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Pieces of scrap paper for every painting in progress

There are always about 4 or 5 works in progress hanging in my house, in different dry condition. I add one layer of paint and then it needs to dry before I add the next layer or refine the details. Btw: layers are not always covering a whole painting from corner to corner. / If one of them is sitting on my easel again, I always have difficulties to re-connect with the painting in question. Someti…
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