Luke Chueh

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Here’s a little something for Halloween!

Luke Chueh‘s paintings astound me. Glancing at the thumbnails, I thought they might be overly sweet and sentimental – ha, nothing could be further from the truth!

Luke Chueh - 15 Minutes of Fame
Luke Chueh – 15 Minutes of Fame

Obviously many of his paintings – with their cast of sad bunnies, worried chickens, disturbed monkeys and world-weary teddy bears – explore horror and the darker side of childhood. However, what takes his work up to the next level for me is the expressions on his characters faces; there’s such pathos there but described with such precise and retrained economy. There’s always been something a little tragic about cuddly toys and he exploits this to the full, but his twisted, and often very silly, sense of humour usually stops his work from becoming maudlin. On a technical level, I love his pared-down palette of sombre colours.

Luke Chueh - Monkey Grinder
Luke Chueh – Monkey Grinder

His work is sometimes available as prints from Munky King and he’s definitely on my list of ‘artists whose work I want to own’.

Luke Chueh - Squid
Luke Chueh – Squid

I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

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