Craig Lucas

(Cleveland, Ohio, 1941 - 2011, Kent, Ohio)

Gates of Ishtar II


Acrylic and graphite on paper

18 3/8 x 22 3/8 in. (46.7 x 56.9 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Morton Grossman


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Winner of the 2008 Cleveland Arts Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Lucas was one of Northeast Ohio’s most significant painters. A master of form and structure, Lucas was interested in archeology at the time he created this work. “Gates of Ishtar” refers to a monument created by the ancient Assyrians for their most celebrated goddess. All the works in this series possess strong architectural qualities: 'Gates of Ishtar II' features layers of paper and paint as well as rivets that physically and aesthetically hold the composition together.

Abstract art