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Henri Lucas

June 6, 2006, 5:15 pm   » 

Amsterdam-based designer Willem Henri Lucas (b.1962) graduated from the faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem in the Netherlands under the guidance of typographer Karel Martens, and worked as an intern for designer Max Kisman. By the end of his studies, it was clear that he
would not limit himself only to print work. In addition to magazine layouts and poster design, the diverse body of work he presented at his graduation show included photography, animation for television, and super-8 film with multiple projection. Throughout the years, one sees continuity through the use of experimentation in printing (perhaps because he designs with the offset printer in mind) and the use of ‘hidden’ messages. Lucas’ work is clear, sober and leaves the viewer room for interpretation. He invites active participation in the viewing of every piece. Instead of looking at design as a problem-solving process, Lucas instead emphasizes it as a question-creating process - the viewer should contemplate the work. ‘What you see is what you get’ is certainly not the case, or the intent, with his work. The use of
language, words and symbols, also takes precedence in Lucas’ design. Words, language use, and semiotic relevance are continually pushed to the forefront, and challenged. Looking closely at his references –quotes from movies, books, and famous people– Lucas reflects both the importance of popular culture and the influence that it has had on his generation.

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