Wading Woman

Daniel Ludwig (American)
Wading Woman, 1988
Lithograph with paint on paper
36 ½ x 29 ½ inches

Artist Daniel Ludwig captivates the viewer with his ability to invite us visually and mentally into a world he describes as a “state of grace.” His use of geometric forms, dramatic lighting, and the classical, almost architectural figure in his paintings beckons the viewer to go beyond the apparent subject matter and ponder the defining moments of life captured on the canvas. In 1994, Ludwig, inspired by Judeo-Christian writings and Greek and Roman mythology, produced a series of mythic paintings called “Folly & Grace” expanding his scope of imagery to allegorically exploring the complexity of human existence. Ludwig’s recently exhibited sculptures (2002) of the female figure in bronze force us to not only admire his mastery of technique and execution, but gain, inquire about the drama of the pose of the figures and their life-defining moments. His work engages the viewer to explore the whole realm of human existence. Ludwig received a B.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1981 and a M.F.A from the University of Cincinnati in 1986, and was an Associate Professor of Art at the Salve Regina University. Both he and his wife (artist Anne Leone) live and teach in New England. He exhibits extensively in Lexington, Kentucky (where he was raised), New York, Virginia, New England and at the Cadogan Contemporary Gallery in England.