Luke Crouch

Luke Crouch

Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Japan

About Luke Crouch

Luke Crouch is an Australian artist living in Tokyo. His practice uses landscape to evoke various moods. The sfumato effect in historical European painting, and the atmospheric treatment of nature observable in Japanese Byōbu (painted screens) are strong influences.
Drawing studies, memory and imagination are the primary sources for his paintings. Photography is not used in the construction of his work. By removing the camera, a closer connection between the materials and the subject is formed.
In Tokyo one is forced to think about nature due to its absence. The natural environment is viewed as a place of sanctuary and reflection. Parks and gardens are micro managed. This creates a visible tension between the uncontrollable nature of vegetation and the interventions of people.
Plane travel, airlines and airports are very popular In Japan. Crouch spends much time drawing and observing at Haneda airport, and these studies form the basis of his current work.

Education

2008 - 2010 Charlie Sheard Studio School

2003 - 2005 Master of Fine Arts (Research), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

1998 - 2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Memories of Flight, Alt_Medium, Tokyo

2019 Plane, Almost Perfect, Tokyo

2017 Passage, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney 

2016 Here/Not Here, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2014 Other Places, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2013 Someplace, No. 12 Gallery, Tokyo

2013 Tower, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2009 New Paintings, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2008 Quantize To, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2005 Dubplate Special pt II, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney

2004 Dubplate Special, Gallery Wren, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2020 All Japan Art Salon Painting Prize, National Art Centre, Tokyo

2019 12@61, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2016 Kunst Am Spreeknie, Funkhaus, Berlin

2012 Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

2012 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

2012 Black White & Colour, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2011 Salon Des Refusé, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2011 Composite, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2010 Sixteen Degrees, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2009 Making Our Times, University Gallery, University of Newcastle, Newcastle

2004 Imaging the Object, Delmar Gallery, Sydney

2003 Brett Whitley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whitely Studio, Sydney

2003 Unsweetened, University of New South Wales, Sydney

2003 Knot an Exhibition, Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney

2003 Jenny Birt Award, COFA Exhibition/Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney

2002 New Contemporaries, New Contemporaries, QVB, Sydney

2002 Honours Graduation Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney

2002 Dexterity, First Draft Gallery, Sydney

2002 Honourable Mention, COFA Exhibition/Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney

2002 Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whitely Studio, Sydney

2002 Student Art Award, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2001 Jenny Birt Award, COFA Exhibition/Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney

2000 Graduation Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney

2000 Interpreting Leonardo, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

2000 D/struct, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2000 Marking Time, COFA Exhibition/Performance Space, UNSW, Sydney