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Bobby Lucy | Featured Artist


Bobby Lucy is the co-founder of The Secret City. He’s also the Visual Arts Curator and, this Sunday is his 50th birthday! For this Sunday’s service, in honor of the theme of EVOLUTION, he’s made a slideshow for the occasion: 50 Paintings in Under 5 Minutes, documenting his evolution as an artist. I’ve seen a preview of the slideshow and it’s gorgeous. {One of the pieces is Lipstick Zombies in Candyland, shown here.) It’s also a great take on the theme–can’t wait to share it with our community. Sunday, October 25th, 2015, EVOLUTION: 11:30am at Dixon Place, 161A Chystie Street.

Here’s his bio:

Robert Lucy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began his painting career in Chicago
where he studied with Ed Paschke at Northwestern University and then received his
BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he was deeply
influenced by the work of the Chicago Imagists, Outsider Art and the members of
The Hairy Who.

While living in Chicago, Lucy spent ten summers on the Oregon Coast painting
landscapes outdoors. He eventually moved there and discovered with the
spaciousness of nature, his craft developed and his work took on a layered, focused
power. Lucy describes breaking through from representational space into imagined
space. At the same time, his medium broadened from oil on canvas to include
colored pencil drawings.

Lucy moved to NYC in 2006 where he was accepted to take part in the AIM program
at The Bronx Museum. In 2014, Lucy’s collection of eleven thematically linked
colored pencil drawings on colored paper were featured with Robert Barnes and
Barbara Rossi in a show about serial drawings at the David and Alfred Smart
Museum at the University of Chicago.

In 2013 Lucy, and his partner Chris Wells, moved to the Byrcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY where he makes idiosyncratic, highly polished paintings exploring images of popular culture and personal transformation. He is also the proprietor of Robert Lucy Animals, specializing in commissioned portraits of animals, both human and otherwise. and


Bobby Lucy | Featured Artist

Bobby Lucy | Featured Artist

Our featured artist this month for ANIMALS – Sunday, March 15th in LA, March 29th in NYC – is the one and only, Bobby Lucy. It’s hard to tell you how wonderful he is – or maybe it’s easy to tell you – see, Bobby’s my partner, my boyfriend and co-founder of The Secret City. An accomplished painter, he’s been making fantastic, weird, wonderful, colorful works on canvas and paper for many years. 3 years ago he began Robert Lucy Animals – he paints animals by commission – and the portraits are extraordinary. He’ll be sharing a selection of them and talking about his process. In the meantime, you can check out his website:


Solitude | Gallery

The Secret City | Solitude

Our theme this month is SOLITUDE, in honor of this time. I read something recently that said, for people living in places where the climate changes a lot over the course of year, that winter is when you really learn what a place is made of. it reveals the bones underneath a place – I know I learn about myself in the winter – my less-showy parts, perhaps, come to light.

The Secret City | Solitude | Gallery