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It’s Art Call 2022 winner : Luke Edgar | Presented by the Cult house
October 4, 2022 - October 8, 2022
D contemporary is proud to be exhibiting The Cult House’s Art Prize winner Luke Edgar. In this competition, candidates submitted their work to be ranked by a panel of judges and public vote.
Luke Edgar, The Cult House’s It’s Art Call 2022 winner, utilises his career as a tattoo artist to inform his work today as he creates images by tattooing onto metal surfaces. For the past three years, Luke has been exploring different techniques for working on steel. He creates images by applying paint and finding new ways to scratch down through the layers exposing the metal underneath. Moreover, exploration of technique is a definite driving factor in Luke’s work as every piece evolves from a different process that is influenced by the scientific method.
Inspiration for his art derives from everyday life. Particularly drawn to recreating the human form, he seeks to represent what it is to be alive. Scale also plays an important role in his work; his most recent work is around 7ft tall which aims for the viewer to be absorbed.
Other finalists were John Gatherole, Lawrence F. Crane, and best voted artist Paula Kemp. Gatherole, as well as primarily being a painter, is also a London based curator and gallerist. He uses oil paints to create figures, giving his work a sense of fluidity, vibrance and energy. Personal issues of loss, longing, need, comfort in an increasingly unstable society are explored in his work. Influenced by Carl Jung, Gestalt theories, and 1960s images and film, the works encompass an intelligent and expressive abstract of someone trying to make sense of his life
Lawrence F. Crane, a self taught, contemporary artist based in London, focuses his work on addressing mental health issues. His work responds to personal experiences on the impact that mental health has on our physical and psychological relationship with ourselves and others. Paula Kemp won the award for best voted artist. Her present work focuses on creating abstract landscapes from oil paint and cold wax. Only starting her career as an artist when corona stuck in 2020, she has gained fast recognition, selling her work worldwide. Paula wishes to expand her body of work and gain further recognition as a professional artist.