LUKE PELLETIER (Tampa, Florida, 1993) grew up in western North Carolina and currently works and resides in Los Angeles.
He graduated with a BFA in fine art from the School of Art Institute Chicago in 2015.
Living in a tourist town for much of his life, Pelletier has been heavily influenced by the seasonal economies and the multi-level relationships between tourists and locals. Much of Pelletier’s art blurs the lines between celebrating and condemning a culture that agrees to be taken advantage of while equally taking advantage of other cultures. His work is filled with personal anecdotes, dark humor, both dualities & contradictions through scenes of decaying paradise.
Pelletier uses photography, painting, sculpture, social practice, and writing to explore his moral dilemmas of romance, addiction, tourist culture, masculinity, and Americana.
Solo Shows: 2021, The Hounds Of Hell Are Nipping At My Heels And I’m Out Of Beer Again, Alias Books East, Los Angeles, CA; 2020, Wishful Thinking (double show with Kristen Liu-Wong), 1700 NAUD, Los Angeles, CA. 2016, If It Floats, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles; 2015, Tourist Seizin’, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles. 2017, Filling Empty Rooms (double show with T.L. Solien), Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan.
Group Shows: 2015, Everything’s Cool and Nothing Sucks, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles; 2013, Tonight We Fight, New Image Gallery, Los Angeles.