Luke Painter -- Crooked Room and Decorative Sky

November 14, 2015 to December 11, 2015


Exhibition Statement

Luke Painter is an artist and professor working in Toronto. Recent exhibitions and screenings of his work include: Out of Line at Oakville Galleries (group show 2015), Hither and Thither at Galerie Trois Points in Montreal (solo exhibition 2014) and Special Effect at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York (screening 2013). Luke has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council and has been reviewed by Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Globe and Mail and was included in Carte Blanche Vol 2 – Painting, a national survey of Canadian painters. Luke is an Associate Professor at Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Artist Biography

My drawings explore the distinct ways that historical styles have been translated in art, design and architectural practices. I am interested in the origins of these styles, and the ways they have been co-opted and adapted in cyclical trends and by ideological movements. In the past few years I have been looking at specific revivalist developments that include Louis Comfort Tiffany’s use of medieval glass techniques in late 19th century commercial applications; the 1980’s filtering of Art Deco, Pop and Minimalism in furniture and interior design; and the continual mutation of Gothic architecture up to the present day. My interest is to engage with these chameleonic sources by twisting, distorting and translating them further through the practice of drawing.