Luke Cornish’s (as known as ELK) rise within the Australian art world has been meteoric. He represents the first artist to be nominated for the Archibald and Sulman prizes with a portrait entirely made of stencils and in 2019, placed again in the Archibald.
Cornish’s vision is distinct. Cut with satire, empathy and relatability, his work often speaks for those with stifled voices. In works like ‘Not Happy Jan’, a political edge permeates. In it, Cornish juxtaposes two sailboats - one reminiscent of eighteenth-century explorers, the other armed with machine guns. The propulsion and consequences of colonisation meet on rocky seas, locked in a terse stalemate.
A refreshing voice in art, Cornish’s work combines a street art sensibility with an artisan’s execution. For collectors of political, contemporary and street art, ELK is a vital find.
ELK Luke CORNISH (1979 - )
'Not Happy Jan'
Stencil on paper.
Edition of 10
Image Size: 20 x 30 cm
Dimensions: 20 x 30 cm
Signed: Numbered, titled and signed in margin
Availability: in stock
© The Artist or Assignee
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