Luke Walker Wins Signature Art Prize 2015 Painting Category

Luke Walker Wins Signature Art Prize 2015 Painting Category

Having battled it out against hundreds of international artists, Contemporary Collective’s Luke Walker has won the painting category for the Signature Art Prize 2015.
 
Luke’s work centres around architecture, and he is inspired by buildings and their construction. Luke comments on his latest achievement stating, “I am both surprised and honoured to have been chosen from such a strong field of contenders. I class myself primarily as a painter of the landscape and the urban environment so to receive recognition of this for my work, when the subject of painting is under ever greater scrutiny, attests to its value and the role it can still play today.”
 
The Signature Art Prize aims to create a platform for up and coming student and graduate artists to showcase their works, Luke elaborates on this, “Not only does the prize bring the work and the artist to a wider audience, it also encourages a new level of debate around the making of the artwork and its relevance in 2015.
The support and encouragement offered to emerging artists by DegreeArt.com and its team is extraordinary, the prize is really just the icing on the cake!”
 
 
Luke entered his piece, ‘Work In Progress III’, explaining his choice he says, “I felt this piece best represented the series I undertook, documenting the Tate Modern extension construction on the South Bank in London. It conveys the fluidity of construction and attempts to capture the ever-changing facades as they spiralled into the sky. Much of my recent work has focussed on the construction sites of London and this most represents the transitional nature of building that I am attempting to convey.” Explainging his signature style, the artist contemplates, “I think it would be to create bold arresting images that hopefully stay with the viewer, particularly if they happen to visit the site of the actual work.”
 
Work in progress III by Luke Walker
 
Luke creates his entrancing works using oil on canvas, “…the possibilities are endless and I find oil a far more intuitive medium than acrylic.  In saying that however, I am a big fan of Liquitex Acrylic Spray paint, it’s much easier and safer to work with than traditional aerosol spray paints and I love it’s immediacy.”
 
Having scooped up this year’s Painting prize, Luke has now started work on a new series of works documenting the Crossrail constructions sites. “I’m intrigued with the access shafts currently stitching the railway together under the city.”
SW8 Constructed by Luke Walker
 
Luke Walker’s work will be on display at DegreeArt.com’s gallery alongside the other winning artists of this year’s Signature Art Prize from 30th March – 18th April.
 
Exhibition details.