Luke Waller

Dancing in the Slaughterhouse

5–12 October 2021

The Leak
Acrylic on paper, 32 x 32 cm. 2020.
Burnham-On-Crouch, 1954
Acrylic on paper, 26 x 26 cm. 2012.

Luke Waller is an artist painting figurative, photo-realist pieces. He studied Illustration at University of the Arts London. 

The intention of my artwork is to record a kind of reality. Life can be distorted, and it helps me to paint it creating a redefined autobiography. By creating portraiture that is rooted in imagination I hope to conjure up the spectator’s own experiences when viewing. 

When composing a piece, I combine existing elements from film, television and fashion photography into a new image, a curatorial and collage process. I take these found fragments acting as symbols creating a freeze-frame of a moment in time. Telling the story of elusive subjects in this way allows me to disconnect and use a masked narrative to express scenarios and relationships of my life. 

I paint the compositions on paper at an intimate scale. People have declared the end of painting, I couldn’t disagree more; I have utilized alternative media, but painting is my favoured. 

I do disclose the narrative behind each piece when asked, keeping it personal yet reserving a degree of obscurity. It is not a problem to be misunderstood sometimes; the stories could be less interesting than the paintings themselves. I only hope this prompts the onlooker’s own questioning of the scene and creates an affiliation.

Read our exclusive interview with Luke here and watch this short film discussing the upcoming exhibition.