Born among the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, Lucas Kratochwil is a third-generation painter who trained in design in Austria and travelled throughout the world before calling the west coast of Canada his home. His realist, large-scale mountain scenes are breathtaking both in scale and detail, looking at them is to feel completely immersed in the wild beauty of the unspoiled wilderness the viewer is both overwhelmed by the ambitious scale of each painting while able to appreciate the small, precise strokes of the artist’s brush.

Kratochwil’s engagement with the landscape, either by air, or by hiking and skiing, later informs his labor-intensive painting process, and enables him to translate, with grace and sensitivity, the feeling of being in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, the icefields of Alberta, or at the edge of a glacier-fed lake. In these vast landscapes there is no indication of human interference, reminding the viewer of the natural untouched beauty that is our privilege to conserve. As Kratochwil himself says, ” I want people to feel immersed in nature, to show them the might and beauty that resides in mountains, lakes and valleys. I want people to feel what I feel, when I’m in front of a mountain, struck, non-existing, in complete awe, inspired and at peace.”

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Garibaldi Reflection

2019
Oil on canvas
24” x 36”
$5,500.00

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Tantalus & The Black Tusk

2019
Oil on canvas
24” x 20”
$3,700.00

Exhibitions

2020 “20×20” Group landscape painting show at Robert Lange Studios Gallery in Charleston, NC, USA.
2020 “The Spirit of The Rockies” Show and introduction to permanent collection at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, AB.
2020 “Immersion in Nature” Solo show at the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, Sechelt, BC.
2020 “You are here II” Group show at the Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2019 “Sunshine Coast Art Crawl” Studio exhibition, Roberts Creek, BC.
2019 “You are here” Group show at the North Shore Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC
2019 “North Shore Art Crawl” Studio exhibition, North Vancouver, BC.
2000 – 2010 “Noche de Artes” Yearly group show with artists training at Estudio Artetra, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Residences

2019 “Artist in Residence Program” at the Fairmont Hotel Whistler, BC
2019 “Artist in Residence Program” at the Fairmont Hotel Banff Springs, BC

Donations

2021 “Daffodil Ball 25” Canadian Cancer Society, Vancouver, BC.
2021 “Art of Healing” Sechelt Hospital Foundation, Sechelt, BC.
2020 “Crystal Ball” Vancouver Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC.
2020 “Gibsons Public Market Gala” Gibsons, BC.
2020 “Winterstoke 2020” Spearhead Huts Society, Whistler, BC.

Workshops Taught

2021 “Landscape Painting Essentials II” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.
2021 “Painting Mountains & Seas” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.
2021 “Painting Patagonia” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.
2020 “Painting West Coast Beaches & Sunsets” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.
2020 “Painting Alpine Lakes” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.
2020 “Landscape Painting Essentials I” Worldwide online landscape painting workshop.

Education & Work

2017 – Present Large scale paintings of the Pacific North West region and beyond, North Vancouver, BC.
2016 – 2018 Industrial Designer at Bensen Design Associates, Vancouver, BC.
2013 – 2017 Industrial Design work for clients worldwide.
2013 – 2016 Production Design for Short and Feature Films in Vienna, Austria.
2010 – 2013 Industrial Design Degree at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria.
2000 – 2010 Sculpture and Painting training at Estudio Artetra with Sculptor Guillermo Agostini, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1989 – 2000 Painting and sculpture lessons from his father Robert Kratochwil, Patagonia, Argentina.