The Art of Luke Chueh: Bearing the Unbearable
Today I’m looking inside The Art of Luke Chueh: Bearing the Unbearable, published by Titan Books. Painter and graphic designer Luke Chueh has created some of the most stunning pieces to come out of the lowbrow art scene to date. Look a tad familiar but can’t place why? He has probably received the most exposure after designing the cover art for Fall Out Boy’s best-selling album Folie a Deux. Employing minimal colour schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.
“Traditionally, the sublime is described as the beautiful tinged with pain,” – Sheila Dollente, Steppling Gallery direct0r. “Chueh pares that idea to a single spare image borne by figures reminiscent of the soft, innocent stuffed animals of childhood. His paintings are at once intriguing, puzzling, friendly and sorrowful.”
“Like a cuddly Trojan horse, Chueh’s work is pretty on the outside, but nice and macabre on the inside” – Entertainment Weekly
Some of his beautiful creations have been collected together in this stunning book. Here’s a quick peek at some of the 200 images included within its pages.