Luke Cornish (E.L.K) – ‘Concrete Jungle’

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Acclaimed Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K) returns to Metro Gallery with a new series of works.

‘Concrete Jungle’ is a result of Luke’s extensive travels overseas. Having visited over twenty countries in just two years, these works reflect in striking detail various urban scenes stretching from New York to Hong Kong.

Each painting features up to 800 painstakingly hand-cut layers and 200 colours – an endeavour that demanded almost two months of solitary confinement.

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‘Concrete Jungle’ presents us with questions surrounding the human condition within the built environment, where increased social connectivity within daily life exists simultaneously alongside an escalating human disconnect.

Luke is fast becoming a decorated artist – he was the first ever street-based artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize in 2012, was a finalist in the 2013 Sulman prize, was awarded the Churchill Fellowship for Visual Art in 2013 and has had work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra amongst many other significant achievements.

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He has been a key figure in raising the profile of stencil art both within Australia and internationally. Those who view ‘Concrete Jungle’ can truly see why.

The show will be on exhibition at Metro Gallery from 2nd March to 31st March 2016. Opening night Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 6.30 – 8.30pm will be opened by Cornish’s close friend and subject of his 2012 Archibald finalist portrait, Father Bob Maguire with the first 100 punters through the door receiving a limited edition original stencil print.