Luke Redd's Bio
The Buttoned-Up Version
Luke Redd is an emerging artist currently living and working in Lake Country, British Columbia. He earned a degree in visual communications from The Colorado Institute of Art in 1996 and has over 19 years of professional experience as a graphic designer, copywriter, and art director, including eight years as the former creative director of Okanagan Life magazine. Redd’s paintings and reproductions can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Canada, and he has also completed multiple private commissions. Redd aspires to be a "Blood Drifter" while exploring creative interests that include visual art, writing, and music composition.
- 2015—Juried group show and sale—"For the Love of Art Almighty," Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC
- 2015—Featured artist, Wine & Art Bistro, Kelowna, BC
- 2015—Juried group exhibition, Lake Country ArtWalk, Lake Country, BC
- 2015—Solo exhibition, Lake Country Municipal Hall, Lake Country, BC
- 2014—Juried group exhibition, "A Night of a Thousand Lights," Kelowna, BC
- 2014—Juried group exhibition, Lake Country ArtWalk, Lake Country, BC
- 2014—Juried group exhibition, "A Step Forward," Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC
- Private collections, Kelowna, BC
- Private collections, Lake Country, BC
- Private collections, West Kelowna, BC
- Private collections, Denver, CO
- Private collections, Littleton, CO
- Private collection, Dallas, TX
- Private collection, Charlotte, NC
My Guiding Philosophy
I see art as a means of connection. It is born out of the universal human condition of not feeling whole. In that sense, creating art is a radically spiritual act. It requires courage to listen to internal whispers that aren’t always comforting. Then it requires persistence to honor those whispers and shape them into forms that resonate beyond you.
Art is more than decoration. And it is more than mere expression. It is a beacon that helps us find our way through a chaotic universe. It helps us recognize our common suffering as well as our common dreams. It opens doors to understanding for anyone willing to make the effort to walk through.
We live in a world that, more and more, encourages us to ignore our internal whispers in favor of external signals that promote ego-worship, gratuitous competition, unrelenting snark and criticism, snap judgments, and divisive clique-think. We are becoming more and more fractured even as technology brings us closer together at the most superficial level. We are losing our inner identities and, therefore, our capacity to bond at the deepest levels of our being.
We go from crisis to crisis without any real commitment to resolving our core problems. We immediately shun or disparage those who are in opposing tribes. We judge or fear each other based on masks that we don’t even realize we are wearing. We’ve turned our existence into a well-decorated land of guarded silos, each one with its own cynical costume party.
Most of us mean well. Aside from psychopaths, we all have the capacity to empathize. We have it within us to put aside our surface differences and bond over a shared understanding of what it is to be human. We just need more reminders.
Novelist Iris Murdoch said, “Love is the very difficult understanding that something other than yourself is real.”
It is only through the awareness that every person feels pain that you begin to see others as more than mere objects. It is the only thing that can allow real communication to happen. Our identities must be fluid enough to accept another person—regardless of stature, history, or beliefs—as an equal.
Thus, I aspire to create art that plays at least a small role in provoking a more gentle and cooperative paradigm. Along the way, I also intend to have fun. Playfulness is an important element in any act of creation.
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