Evening Mile: The Paintings of Julika Lackner features 17 nocturnal landscapes that offer meditative views of Southern California. These works of art transform cityscapes, rolling hills, and coastlines into kaleidoscopic vistas.
Lackner’s expertise in landscape painting stretches back more than a decade, but the primary focus of Evening Mile is a series of artworks she began in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Forced to curtail her travels in March 2020, Lackner turned her attention to her immediate surroundings. Working from her home and studio in the hills of Eagle Rock, she was able to capture elevated views of the heart of Los Angeles. Lackner combines an abstract use of form and color with meticulous observations of the world around her. The resulting paintings transform familiar locales into scintillating scenes, which are dominated by contrasts of natural and artificial light.
Lackner paints in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor, all of which are featured in the exhibition. Born in Berlin, Germany, Lackner received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
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Julika Lackner, Twilight 79 (Debs Park), 2021. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 66 in. x 54 in. Courtesy of the Artist.