Artist Re-Appropriates Classical Paintings With A Satirical Twist Using Hundreds Of Layers Of Stencils


Luke Cornish is an Australian artist creating unique, powerful images from handmade stencils. His rise within the contemporary art world has been meteoric, becoming the first artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize and the Sulman prize with a portrait created entirely out of stencils. A former blue-collar worker from Canberra, Luke’s apathy and boredom during his mid-twenties encouraged him to start experimenting with stanley knives and spraypaint cans. Nearly ten years later, Luke has literally carved his name into the public’s mind.

Using hundreds of layers of carefully hand-cut acetate, Luke sprays layer upon layer of stencils with aerosol paint until his images bear a striking photographic resemblance: this is a new form of hyper-realism that is unlike what has been seen before. 

Luke's latest series is titled '(in)appropriate' and is on show at The Metro Gallery until 27 October. In this series, Luke re-appropriates classical paintings from history with a satirical twist, touching on issues of the day ranging from the destruction of the environment to the #MeToo movement. 

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  1. 1 Starry Night

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  2. 2 Paris cafe scene 2018

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  3. 3 St Francis on Ecstasy

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  4. 4 MidfulnessĀ®

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  5. 5 Mona Loser

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  6. 6 Bankercunts

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  7. 7 Water Lillies

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  8. 8 Arrangement in grey and red No.1

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  9. 9 Son of Monsanto

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  10. 10 Unrealistic ideals

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