Observer by Bridgett Sullivan


"The Road of Orange Grove"
by Pantea A. Tofangchi


Rt. 100 East by Duane Lutsko

Duane Lutsko paints the American landscape of the highway, industry, and the unassuming imagery we generally turn a blind eye to. His motif is the amalgamation of the hardware and paraphernalia, left in the wake of development, on the American landscape.

He paints the product of progress: the highway scarred by strip malls, construction brutalizing the environment, and the city left abandoned by the dinosaurs of industry.

The light on a truck in a lot, the rhythm of the Jersey barricade on the roadway, and the stamp of industry modifying an ecosystem, all inform Mr Lutsko's aesthetic. His painting asserts the reciprocal relationship man has to his environment. Asphalt, steel, and traffic are not in landscape, they are landscape.

Duane Lutsko is a Fulbright Fellow (Italy, 1986) who recently took First Place in national juried landscape exhibition in Annapolis, MD, (fall, 2009; MFA Gallery).

He has had numerous exhibits nationwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY and Gallery K, Washington, D.C. He has received numerous awards, including a Maryland State Arts Council Grant, (2002), and the Haas-Wilkerson Pinnacle, Gold Metal Award for the Waterfront Festival Poster, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, (2003).

Mr. Lutsko has an MFA from Brooklyn College, and teaches adjunct at the Maryland Institute College of Art. While on a residency grant at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, he was the focus of a Vermont Public Television special that aired in 1991.

Currently he teaches art at the Catonsville Alternative Center, working with at-risk youth. He is fluent in Italian, and divides his spare time between piloting his Piper Archer II aircraft and painting from his second home in Cumberland, MD.