Michal Lukasiewicz's portraits are instantly recognisable, characterised primarily by the striking intensity of his subjects. His sources of inspiration are wide-reaching and his works, an interesting combination of acrylic and gesso, frequently blur the boundaries between drawing, sculpture and painting. His influences range from the Renaissance and Masters of the 19th century to Modernism, while the poses often allude to Classical sculpture recalling tradition and perfection.
Trudy Good spent her younger years exploring and romanticising the beauty of figurative painters work such as Rembrandt, Richter, Sargent, Degas, Giacometti and Bacon. From an early age she was drawn to the worlds of these artists and of the Pre-Raphaelites, where a subtle, supernatural beauty seems to be hiding under the breath of the human form; worlds where something beyond our natural perception is present. 'The sheer beauty of a single line, the way that light plays on her hair, the feelings conveyed by her body language in a single unguarded moment- these are things that inspire me time and time again'.