PETRA LUNENBURG     illustration artist   /    biography - exhibitions    /

Petra Lunenburg ( 1974) born Nijmegen,
The Netherlands.

Graduating as fashion designer at ARTEZ,
Arnhem in 1996, she has since been working
as a graphic designer and illustrator
for fashion labels, magazines as well
as for her own brand IL‘L.

Focusing on illustration over the last
few years she has developed as a fine
artist creating a highly feminine,
free and suggestive style.
Her distinctive signature whose raw
minimalistic abstraction creates a sense
of ambiguity, influenced from both fashion
and fine art history such as
René Bouché and Egon Schiele.
She has explored her passion for nudes in
a variety of media incorporating marker,
ink, crayon and acrylic on paper.
Petra Lunenburg reveals a world of allure
created by sensuous and seductive
portrayals of her subjects.

Recent studies in life figure drawing
at NYC‘s Art Students League has
led to the exhibition New York Creatures
and the release of the book Rope Girls
with an ongoing development in application
and experimentation resulting in Hazy Dolls;
a show which took place in NYC, 2011.
Alongside her main practice she has an
extensive catalogue of commissions from
clients such as G-Star, Adidas, Nike,
Yarn Unit, ELLE, Red and Grazia in
recent years.

Petra: ‘I am interested in
capturing anything beyond the
physicality of my subjects.
Visualizing energetic rhythms of
human figures, movements, expressions
and looks is what I am conveying,
ideally fully guided by my lines.‘

  • Exhibitions:


  • "BautZuid" - 2015
    Citroen Building Amsterdam
    Mural "One Minutes on the Wall"

  • "YabYum" - 2014
    Amsterdam Fashion Week
    Collaboration with lingerie brand  " La fille d'O "

  • "ELLE Festival" - 2014
    Design Week Amsterdam
    "Elle's First Issue"  -  groupshow

  • Studio Exhibition
    "The further I walked,
      the bigger the room became",   three-men show

  • "The Netherlands Photo Museum " - 2013/14
    "WIT"  groupshow, curator: Anne van der Zwaag

  • "SPR ART" - 2013
    SPRMRKT Amsterdam
    "Draw the Curtains"  -  soloshow

  • "SALON" winter edition 2012
    Museum Geelvinck Amsterdam  -  Groupshow

  • "Studio Dreamboat & M" - 2011
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    "Hazy Dolls"  -  Solo exhibition

  • "Maeve" Fashion Biennale June 2011.
    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    "Homage to Alexander Mc Queen"

  • "Graphite Gallery" May 2011.
    New York City, USA
    "Hazy Dolls & Neubauten"
    -two men exhibition with Katja Holtz

  • "De Krabbedans" - Feb 2011
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    "Art of drawing" Group show

  • "Gallerie De Zeemeermin" Oct - Jan 2010/11
    Steijl, The Netherlands
    Solo exhibition "New York creatures"

  • "M.A.C./ Modern Appealing Clothing" - Oct 2010
    San Francisco, USA Solo exhibition
    Part of Dutch Design Week - High end fashion store

  • "De Concept Store / CS3" - July 2010
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Group exhibition

  • "Front 242" - june 2010
    New York City, USA - Group exhibition

  • "Little Black Boutique" Sept-Oct 2009
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    ELLE pop up store - Solo exhibition
    Collaboration with Esther Coppoolse & Ferry van der Nat

  • "Zuiderzee Museum"    March-Oct 2009
    Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
    Group exhibition "Gone with the wind"
    Showing installation "First second"
    Curators: Alexander van Slobbe & Francisco van Benthum