Luke Chiswell is an Australian visual artist, now based in Los Angeles, CA. Working with diverse mediums and techniques, primarily abstract painting and sculpture, Chiswell is fascinated by the constraints of materializing place and time. The artist continuously experiments with new processes to capture movement, memorialize moments and represent time. Gathering found materials from a chosen environment, Chiswell creates a language for each work. Heaving influenced by his rural upbringing in the small town of Collector in Australia, as well as his involvement in skateboarding culture, the artist’s work is best described as primal and honest, while maintaining an unnerving complexity. Chiswell’s work has been is exhibited across Australia, China and the United States. Recent residencies and public works include Beijing, ‘The Opposite House’ and Nicaragua ‘Maderas Village’ and a 7ft bronze sculpture ‘Hold Your Head Up’ in Belmore Park NSW, Australia.
“The movement and texture within the works reflects the level of intensity in my creative process - intuitive markings, scratches and scrawls both deliberate and accidental, are all visible. Excessive folds of canvas elude to more than fits the frame, more of the space of interest than can fit within the work. Trying to fit more in.
The objet trouve materials which form my sculptural work highlight the importance of artistic choice. The combination of materials gathered from a chosen environment are considered based on the perceived time value of each object, collectively creating an abstract representation of time. The lifespan of each individual material in the work then articulates its function as a measurement of time. Considering a rock is older than a branch, I use the rock to represent the longest length of time within a work. Freezing fabric in motion, or casting rock and branch in metal, I addresses past and future through direction of movement, capturing a short moment in time, attempting to hold on to it and make it last.” - Luke Chiswell
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020, Undaway Fo, Jerico Contemporary, Sydney 2020, Thought It Was But It Wasn’t, Jerico Contemporary, Sydney 2019, Wish It Would Last, Jerico Contemporary, Sydney 2017, Digging in the Dark, Tributary Gallery,Canberra 2017, Borrow Tomorrow, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2016, So Far So Good, Tappan, Los Angeles 2015, Too Young Too Win Too Old Too Lose, TT Gallery, Sydney 2015, Untitled, Chasm Gallery, New York 2015, As It Goes, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2014, Have A Lovely Day, Friend Gallery, Canberra 2014, New Work New York, Union Avenue, Brooklyn 2014, Straight Face, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2013, Face Facing, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra 2010, Untitled, Some Days Gallery, Sydney 2010, Untitled, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney 2010, Untitled, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020, Fire Fight, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2019, Next Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2018, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2018, Auction, UNICEF, Los Angeles 2018, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2017, Auction, Karinya House, Canberra 2017, Made in Australia, Berlin with Glas, Berlin 2017, Capital Arts Patrons Organisation, Canberra 2016, Wielding Now, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2016, Patterns of Now, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2016, Auction, Capital Arts Patrons Organisation, Canberra 2015, Art Basel, Miami 2015, Auction, Capital Arts Patrons Organisation, Canberra 2014, Hue, Nishi Gallery, Canberra 2014, Auction, Canberra Arts Space Organization, Canberra 2013, 30 Auction, Capital Arts Patrons Organisation, Canberra 2013, Masked Intentions, He Made She Made Gallery, Sydney 2013, YHC, Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra 2010, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery, Canberra
2017 Public Bronze Sculpture, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW 2017, Sweetgreen, Los Angeles 2017, BMW, Canberra 2016, Radford College, Canberra 2016, Vince, Los Angeles 2016, Hotel Hotel, Canberra 2016, Art Not Apart, Canberra 2015, Hotel Hotel, Canberra 2015, Sculpture Installation, Canberra Centre 2015,Qantas, Canberra 2015, BMW, Canberra
2019, Unit 1 Gallery, London 2019, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2018, The Line Hotel, Los Angeles 2018, Tappan Gallery, Los Angeles 2017, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing 2017, Maderas Village, Nicaragua 2016, Maderas Village, Nicaragua 2015, Glint Residency, Canberra Glass Works, Megalo, Canberra
Q.Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?
Start where you are
Use what you have
Do what you can