Luke Elwes came to prominence in the early 1990s with a series of exhibitions that developed out of his exploratory travels to remote regions of the world and are both a distillation of that experience and a reflection on the passage of time and the trace of history. His work documents the inner experience of his journeys by exploring the memories which surface through the act of painting, a process which for Elwes, is ‘a continuous process of loss and recovery.’
Luke Elwes was born in London in 1961 and spent his early years in Iran. He studied at Bristol University and Camberwell School of Art (1980-85) and Birkbeck College, University of London (MA Art History 2005-07). He has exhibited in London, New York, Paris & Milan with Adam Gallery (London) Art First Contemporary (London & New York), Broadbent (London), Galerie Vieille du Temple (Paris) and Ceribelli Gallery (Milan). In Italy he participated in the 1991 survey, Il Sud Del Mondo, L’Altra Arte Contemporanea, He has written on contemporary painting for various journals as well as writing catalogue essays on a range of modern painters, from Sam Francis to Roger Hilton (Kettles Yard, Cambridge 2008). He has also curated Genius Loci (Bergamo Italy 2008), Another Country (Estorick London 2010) & Vital Signs (Clifford Chance London 2015).