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Meet Luke Neil: A Sculptural Artist at Heart

There are artists that create beautiful art, and then there are artists who redefine what art can be. Our Creative Lead, Luke Neil, is among the latter group.

Early Influences

Growing up in North Eastern Melbourne, Luke spent his childhood exploring the creative and playful potential of natural materials around him. From helping his father on building sites and building tree houses to finding new purpose for discarded objects, Luke had already starting honing his latent creativity and woodworking skills from a very young age. After completing high school, he went on to pursue his training in carpentry, and developed his skills as a domestic carpenter over the next decade.

Creative Turning Point

He soon reached a point, where doing the mundane was just not exciting enough, and he started venturing into cabinetry and furniture design. But this also felt restrictive after a while, and Luke decided to turn his attention towards more free-flowing, organic sculptural work using timber and other materials such as metal. Instead of being inhibited by a very specific outcome, he decided to play and explore newer ways in which these materials could come together, in a way that celebrated form and function.

Current Exploration

Luke believes in pushing the limits of standard structural norms, while maintaining a harmonious unity of shape and form.

Employing advanced techniques in digital laser cutting and bronze casting, he allows the materials to transform and evolve into fascinating sculptural pieces that are far removed from the limiting boundaries of conventional design trends. This gives each of his pieces a distinct personality of its own, and makes it an artwork in its own right. He is also experimenting with sculptural lighting into his sculptural work.

With a penchant for taking the ordinary and transforming it into something extraordinary, Luke’s passion shows through in his work. He has exhibited at Wyndham City Art Prize, Wyndham Station Sculpture Prize, Sculptures by the Sea and the more recent Rainbow Serpent Festival.