Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debuting May 7!) here! Our first artist is the super sweet Luke Chueh!
Luke Chueh is an incredible artist whose work I was exposed to almost as soon as moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2007. His cute and macabre artwork is really prevalent around LA and nationwide. I remember seeing his bear and rabbit characters all around, especially on Melrose, in LA. You can check out more of his work, and snarky comments to the world at http://www.lukechueh.com!
Here’s a more detailed look at his background! Info from lukechueh.com!
Luke's work for the cover of band Fall Out Boy's "Folie à Deux" album cover.
Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the”Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.
In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color 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
Luke's BLACK IN WHITE figure, produced by our pals at MUNKY KING
work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.
I knew Luke in passing as a successful artist, and friend of a friend, but really got to know him better at San Diego Comiccon 2010, when my event production company, Bubble Punchworked in conjunction with Munky King, to assist them with their big Comiccon bash and artist signings at their booth in the con. Luke was also brought down to Comiccon by Munky King to debut his Black in White figure, so we were all working there at the same time. We were all crashing in the same hotel and eating all our meals together like a funny family on a vacation! We all had such a great time working with Munky King and all the artists! Luke has really made a name for himself in the ar tworld and is very inspirational to those trying to make it in the “independent” art scene. On top of being a successful artist, he’s also a totally sweet guy! I’m very honored that he agreed to be in the Bunnies & Bows show!!
He sent me a progress photo of what he had done so far for the show… CHECK IT OUT!!!!
Bunnies & Bows... Luke's got something cute yet disturbing going ON with this one...! Awesome!
Can’t wait to see the finished product, Luke! I’m so curious as to what the expression will end up like.. Luke’s characters always look so sinister… I love it! I love speculating on how it might come out.. 🙂
If you’d like a more in depth look into his current work and where he’s heading, and what he’s inspired by, you can check out this amazing interview of Luke by Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly, with photos by Shannon Cottrell!
For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!