Biography

To mark a new departure I have been painting for the last 5 years under my family's original name of Luchtenstein. My father had changed his name to Ludlow when he joined the British army as a refugee from Nazi Germany. I've reclaimed Luchtenstein in memory of him and his lost family.

I began my career as an artist in the 70's at Middlesex Poly and then the Royal College of Art leaving in 1980 after winning a major traveling scholarship which I spent in China.

I graduated with an M.A. and continued to paint, draw and print- make while teaching life-drawing at Chelsea School of Art. At the same time I worked as a special effects painter at Henson Creature Workshop on films like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal and as an assistant designer on many opera and dance productions in the UK and abroad.

From 1981 as Keren Ludlow I began a decade long collaboration with fashion designer Ally Capellino, designing prints, posters, labels, logos and T-shirt images. This led to an award winning career as an illustrator and I gained an international reputation and took part in many exhibitions.

In the early 90's I began to develop and illustrate many successful children's books but since the start of the new century I have been strongly drawn back to my first love, painting. I still practice and teach life drawing both in my own Garden Studio and for the exciting new company 'Drawing at Work'.

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