United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Hailing from Leicester, England, Luke Gray is a surrealist/symbolist illustrator and painter. Born color blind he was forced to use an almost exclusively black and white colour palette, working with patterns and textures rather than color.
After studying graphic design in London he lived in and out of activist squats in London for 2 years , then he packed his bags and flew to Russia in search of adventure. He hitchhiked from Moscow to Thailand painting murals as he went. After 4 years of travelling, visiting over 50 countries he settled in Southern China and built a studio from which he now works.
Influenced by multicultural art techniques he works in traditional mediums of Graphite and Ink often combining and integrating techniques and patterns from different countries and cultures into his work.
His meticulously detailed works resonate with images culled from the metaphysical realm of sacred states and day dream. By exploring the concept of the body-landscape through esoteric symbolism, he tries to appropriate a wide scale of subjects that work on both a micro and macro level. Throughout his work he weaves themes of mysticism, esoteric symbolism , ancient mythology and hallucinogenic visions.
‘I believe art is a manifestation of the divine, we are merely alchemists receiving the information. Artists can see what most people only get a glimpse of’
An amateur ethnologist, when travelling he enjoys visiting indigenous tribes, living with them and learning from them; taking meticulous notes from their textile patterns , handicrafts, tattoo markings and sacred symbols. Whether its sleeping with cannibal yogis in India, drinking psychedelic cactus juice in Peru, climbing active volcanoes in Indonesia, dodging missiles in Palestine, milking cows with nomads in Mongolia, learning bare blade wood carving in Bali or train hopping in the Alps he relishes the process of drawing inspiration from the world.
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