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Luke Chiswell | Tappan Residency

Luke Chiswell | Tappan Residency

Luke Chiswell | Tappan Residency


Luke Chiswell in our Los Angeles Residency Program


Upon relocating to Los Angeles from Sydney, Australia, Luke Chiswell joined us in our Downtown studios to further his practice in the context of a new environment.

“After leaving Australia it was the right time within my practice to refine and begin again. I believe the residency gave me clarity and a further understanding of what work feels truest to myself within my practice.”

During his residency, Chiswell embraced new materials and processes, which lead to a marked evolution of his work. The resulting paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks share the artist’s signature sensibility, but also allude to his own personal journey, moving to a new country and embarking on a new stage of artistic development.

Luke Chiswell says

“This time and space has been very special to myself and my practice. Thank you Tappan.”






Chiswell meditates, “For me, it’s taking interest in the overlooked. Listening to a place, reflecting on that space, taking note. Collecting what is true to me and considering objects for their time value. Taking note of a time and a place and an interaction. Making an instinctive choice. Playing, dancing until it works, being able to know when it doesn’t. Pushing away doubt, protecting a fragile thought. Realising I won’t get the answers. Having my practice work alongside me.”

New works from Luke Chiswell’s time in our residency program available now. 

Video of Luke Chiswell by Convicts.




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About Luke Chiswell

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.

Chiswell also completed the Tappan Residency program. Read more about his residency here.


“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



2016, NEW WORK - Local Press - ACT - Feb
2015, MOKAI CLUB - Art Basel Miami Dec
2015, TO YOUNG TO WIN TO OLD TO LOSE - Tiny Tailor Syd Nov
2015, TOUCH LINE - Solo Show - Chasm Gallery New York - Jul
2015, WAITING AWAY - Solo Show - Soju Girl - May,June
2015, NEW DAY - AW Womens Collection - Fashfest Mar
2015, AS IT GOES - Solo Show - Nishi Gallery - Feb
2014, HAVE A LOVELY DAY - Friend Gallery ACT - Dec
2014, LP - LC - Local Press, Canberra - Oct
2014, NEW WORK NEW YORK - Union Ave, Brooklyn - Jun
2014, STRAIGHT FACE - Nishi Gallery Newacton - Mar / Apr
2013, CRAFT ACT “POD” - Lonsdale Street Traders - Jan / Feb
2013, FACE FACING - Canberra Contemporary Art Space Feb / Mar
2012, UNTITLED - Honkytonks Bar - May
2012, BONDI SHOW - Bondi Pavilion Gallery - Mar
2010, TODAYS - Somedays Gallery Sep / Oct
2010, UNTITLED - Itrip Iskip Store - Jul
2010, UNTITLED - Canberra Contemporary Art Space - May
2010, UNTITLED - East Sydney Doctors Feb / Mar
2009, UNTITLED - Hibernian House Sydney Gallery - May
2009, UNTITLED - Itrip Iskip Store - Jun
2008, UNTITLED - Six One Three Store - Apr



2016, WIELDING NOW - Tappan LA - April
2016, BUZZ ART AUCTION - The Ritz Hotel - Miami - April
2016, PATTERNS OF NOW - Nishi Gallery - ACT - Feb
2016, ART NOT APART - Newacton - ACT- Feb
2016, BONE DAYS - LC store - Canberra- Feb
2015, TAPPAN x THE OUTNET - The W hotel Art Basel - Dec
2015, ALL TOGETHER - Luke CHiswell Store - June
2014, HUE - NISHI Gallery - Nov - Dec
2014, STYLECRAFT - Stylecraft Showroom ACT - Nov - Dec
2014, FRIENDSHIP - Friend Gallery - Nov
2014, HEY FRIEND - Friend Gallery - Nov
2014, CAPO AUCTION - Canberra Museum & Gallery - Oct
2013, CAPO 30 AUCTION - Canberra Museum & Gallery - Nov
2013, MASKED INTENTIONS - He Made She Made Gallery - May / Jun
2013, MODERN MARKET, - Craft ACT, Newacton - May
2013, YOUNG HOT CANBERRA - Gallery of Australian Design - Jan / Feb
2010, ITRIP ISKIP - Itrip Iskip ACT - Nov
2010, MO SPLENDOUR - ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery - Sep



2015, BMW
2015, Hotel Hotel



2015, Canberra Times
2014, CAPITAL (Cover)
2014, ABC 7.30 Report
2014, Real Living
2014, In the City Magazine (Cover)
2013, Canberra Times
2012, Canberra Times 
2011, Pie magazine
2010, Frankie magazine