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Luke Cornish (ELK)

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  • RPG
    40 x 30 cm
    $3000.00

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    RPG , Aerosol stencil on aluminium composite panel, 40 x 30 cm, $3000.00 Sold
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  • Broken Dreams
    40 x 30cm
    $2700.00

    Broken Dreams, Aerosol Stencil on Glass , 40 x 30cm, $2700.00
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  • Militant
    30 x 40 cm
    $3000.00

    Militant , Aerosol stencil on aluminium composite panel, 30 x 40 cm, $3000.00
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  • Press
    80 x 60 cm
    $7000.00

    Press , Aerosol stencil on aluminium composite panel, 80 x 60 cm, $7000.00
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  • Business Farther Down
    160 x 112xm

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    Business Farther Down, Aerosol on aluminium, 160 x 112xm Sold
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  • What She's Having
    80 x 120 cm

    What She's Having, Aerosol on aluminium, 80 x 120 cm
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  • Kowloon
    160 x 110 cm

    Kowloon, Aerosol on aluminium, 160 x 110 cm
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  • Niubi
    160 x 110 cm

    Niubi, Aerosol on aluminium, 160 x 110 cm
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  • Lost in Mongkok
    80 x 120 cm

    Lost in Mongkok, Aerosol on aluminium, 80 x 120 cm
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  • Untitled
    123 x 85 cm

    Untitled, hand cut acetate stencil, aerosol enamel on glass, 123 x 85 cm
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  • Bucharest at Night
    123 x 85 cm

    Bucharest at Night, hand cut acetate stencil, aerosol enamel on glass, 123 x 85 cm
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  • Hongkers
    60 x 40 cm

    Hongkers , Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Happy Ending
    60 x 40 cm

    Happy Ending, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • alla disperata ricerca di benzos
    60 x 40 cm

    alla disperata ricerca di benzos, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • North End and Vesey
    60 x 40 cm

    North End and Vesey, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • The Black Rat
    60 x 40 cm

    The Black Rat, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Concrete Jungle
    60 x 40 cm

    Concrete Jungle, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Down and out in Paris and London
    60 x 40 cm

    Down and out in Paris and London, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Saigon scooterist
    60 x 40 cm

    Saigon scooterist, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Xe co gai
    60 x 40 cm

    Xe co gai, Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Lick me under the autobahn (Leckomio unter der autobahn)
    60 x 40 cm

    Lick me under the autobahn (Leckomio unter der autobahn), Sublimation print and aerosol on brushed aluminium, 60 x 40 cm
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  • Tripoli Borthers Product Placement
    30 x 40 cm
    $3000.00

    Tripoli Borthers Product Placement, Aerosol stencil on aluminium composite panel, 30 x 40 cm, $3000.00
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  • Zoom Zoom
    60 x 80 cm
    $7000.00

    Zoom Zoom , Aerosol stencil on aluminium composite panel, 60 x 80 cm, $7000.00
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  • Wake Up to the Stink (Edition of 50)
    122 x 71cm
    $450.00

    Wake Up to the Stink (Edition of 50), Giclee print on cotton arches paper, 122 x 71cm, $450.00
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  • Bob Hawke
    180 x 140 cm

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    Bob Hawke, Hand cut acetate stencil, aerosol enamel on canvas, 180 x 140 cm Sold
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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, Cornish’s apathy and boredom during his mid-twenties encouraged him to start experimenting with stanley knives and spraypaint cans. Nearly ten years later, Cornish has literally carved his name into the public’s mind.

Using up to 85 layers of carefully hand-cut acetate, he sprays layer upon layer of 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. Formally known as E.L.K, he uses the tools of a street artist to create decadent, detailed works that envelop the viewer. There is an honesty to Cornish’s work, slicing back the layers and reconstructing his muses with astonishing deftness. The emotions that permeate through the eyes of his portraits have great depth, the shadows created by the stencils highlighting their anguish. His subjects all seem to share the same hardship and determination that Cornish himself has experienced, lending to a sense of dire reality in the unreality of his images.

After a few small exhibitions across Australia, Cornish’s abilities began to attract public attention. Over the past five years he has been granted many awards, including being selected as a finalist in the Metro Art Prize of 2011, winning the Australian Stencil Art prize in 2010, the most popular stencil at Melbourne Stencil Festival in 2008, and creating a shortlisted Tropfest film on the making of his Archibald portrait. And finally, the Archibald itself. This represents a shift in the contemporary art world, as Cornish’s controversial nomination has proven that stencilling is a viable fine art form that is now competing with more traditional methods.

He has continued to refine his craft, striving to push the boundaries of his medium and creating picture-perfect stencils. Cornish has nuzzled his way into the fine art world, showing that even if the pen is mightier than the sword, the scalpel might win out overall.

In 2013, he achieved the highest ever auction result in Australia for street art for his Archibald piece of Father Bob at Bonhams.

Biographical Details

AWARDS

2013- Churchill Fellowship, Awardee – Sulman prize, Finalist
2012- Moran Portrait prize, semi-finalist – Archibald prize, Finalist – Tropfest, shortlisted
2011- Metro Art Prize, Finalist
2010- Australian Stencil Art Prize, Winner
2009- Ballarat Gallery of Modern Art (acquisition) – Australian Stencil art prize, Runner up
2008- Melbourne Stencil Festival, People’s choice

SOLO SHOWS

2016 – Concrete Jungle, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2014 – Charlie Foxtrot, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2013- Before Afghanistan, Art Equity, Sydney, New South Wales
2012- Not with it…, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2011- Look what you made me do…., Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria – This is why we can’t have nice things…, Oh really Gallery, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
2010- How you like me now Bitch? Front Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

GROUP SHOWS

2014- ADIDAS Stan Smith show, Melbourne
2013- Sulman prize, Art Gallery of NSW
2012- A cut above 2, Espionage Gallery, Adelaide – Archibald prize, Art Gallery of NSW – E.L.K x ADNATE “killing it”, Molecule gallery, Melbourne – Project 5, Sydney – Melbourne’s burning, Paradise hills, Melbourne – Young guns, Linton and Kay, Perth – Climate change, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2011- Surface Tension, Ambush Gallery, Sydney – All stars show, Espionage gallery, Adelaide – Things to come, Metro Gallery, Melbourne – Facelook portrait show, Dark horse experiment, Melbourne – The new field, Dark horse experiment, Melbourne – Metro art award, exhibition of finalists, Melbourne – A cut above, Espionage gallery, Adelaide – Sidewayz Art Exhibition, Sydney – up close (colour by numbers), Sydney – Expo for Mattia, Naples, Italy – up the bend, Rancho Notorious, Melbourne – Paste up exhibition (ragad art kalliatsis), Hungary
2010- Space Invadas, National Gallery of Australia (merchandise in Gift shop) – Don’t push mong, China heights, Surry hills, Sydney – Australian Stencil art Prize, Oh Really gallery, Newtown, Sydney – Don’t push mong, Canberra – Pop rocks, Urban Uprising gallery, Sydney – Sweet streets, 1000 pound bend, Melbourne – Friends with knives, Crewest gallery, Los Angeles – Urban art 10A, BSG, Melbourne
2009- Old Skoolin, Art whino, Washington/Los Angeles – Get Trucked, per square metre, Melbourne – Melbourne Stencil Festival, Melbourne – YourKidCantDoThis, Sydney Show, North Bondi – Urban Art Agenda #3, Ballarat, Melbourne and Brisbane Powerhouse – September, Dirty Pilot Group show, LA, USA – Spin that thing, vinyl show, Famous when dead Gallery, Melbourne – In2change Exhibition, Belconnen Community Centre – YourKidCantDoThis, Melbourne Show – YourKidCantDoThis’ Canberra Show, Legislative assembly – “Stencil” Art Whino Group show, National Harbour, MD, USA – Australian Stencil Art prize, Exhibition of finalists (runner up)
2008- Spray 1387, Tehran, Iran – Melbourne Stencil Festival – Cacophony Group show, Manuka
2007- Cacophony Group show, The Front Gallery – M16 Group show, M16, Canberra

COLLECTIONS

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Bond University Collection, Gold Coast, Queensland
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
Fitzgerald Collection, Melbourne
McGregor Collection, Melbourne
Corrigan Collection
Sandrew Collection, Melbourne

PUBLICATIONS

2012- Stencil Republic (Olly Walker, Laurence King publishing)
2010- Art monthly Australia (cover)
2008- Art monthly Australia