Much of Luke's work is created on a robust board – which allows for his very physical approach to painting. He uses paint sculpturally, wrestling to create built texture, reflecting the skies and cliffs. He plays with surface, negative space and reflective areas of calm to balance the scapes – always looking to find places of quiet beauty amongst the chaos. Luke's work is created from memories and loose sketches rather than photographs so as he tries to capture his landscapes, he paints, reworks, sands, lacquers, strips, scrapes, then works and reworks, loses then finds and works back into each painting, crafting each one into a representation of a memory of a memory of what was.
Stealing the show
Drift: 26thFebruary 2020
Q&A interview with Mercedes Smith, read the article here.