Luke Elwes (b. 1961): Waterline
This new group of 4 works executed in 2018 explores the artist’s physical connection to the material world. Made in all weathers by the riverbank at his studio in Landermere, Essex, and executed without correction in one sitting on one day, each image refers both to the immediacy of this encounter and the recollection of past experience. This singular occurrence becomes one of a sequence, forming over time a living record that reflects on the fluid interaction of water and ground while simultaneously employing the elements – rain, silt, river water - as both the medium and material in their making.
Luke Elwes was born in 1961. He studied at Camberwell School of Art and Bristol University between 1980 and 1985, and London University (MA 2007). Recent shows include: Adam Gallery, London 2017; Galleria Ceribelli, Bergamo 2017; Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa 2016; National Trust at Flatford Mill, Suffolk 2016; Clifford Chance, London 2015; Minories, Colchester 2014; Young Museum, Salisbury 2013; North House Gallery, Essex 2012; Estorick Collection, London 2010; Galerie Marceau Bastille, Paris 2009; Kettles Yard, Cambridge 2008; Bury Art Gallery, Manchester 2007. Luke Elwes has also written on painting for a number of print & online publications and in 2011 was invited to give an ‘Artist’s Eye’ talk at the National Gallery. He was recently awarded residency grants at the Vermont Studio Center (2013) and the Josef Albers Foundation (2015) in the USA.