University of Mississippi

MFA Candidate Brad Luke: Solo Exhibition

Article by: The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —      A local artist whose surreal paintings are creating a buzz around the state brings his work to East Mississippi Community College Sunday.

Brad Luke, of Preston, will be at Aust Hall on the Scooba campus Sunday from 2-4 p.m. to explain his “Mindscapes and Dreamscapes.” The exhibit will remain in Aust Hall through Oct. 9 and can be viewed by the public Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but EMCC art instructor Terry Cherry said it will be worth art lovers’ time to visit Sunday and hear Luke explain his work in person.

“He gave our art students a lecture last year after viewing his work at the Meridian Museum of Art. His art is intellectually and emotionally engaging with heavy use of symbolism to represent ideas,” Cherry said.

Luke goes a step further to explain why commentary is helpful while viewing his work.

“The first thing that comes to mind when trying to explain my artwork is that it is weird. I do not draw or paint things that one sees every day. I prefer to create images that take the viewer out of the everyday world of the mundane and into a place of my own imagining,” he said.

Luke received his bachelor’s degree in fine art from Mississippi State University with an emphasis in drawing. He is currently at the University of Mississippi where he is working on his master of fine arts degree in printmaking.

Luke was awarded an internship at Meridian Museum of Art by the Riley Foundation this past summer. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the University of Mississippi and in the Mississippi-Alabama Bi-State Competition where he received a Merit Award, and his work is part of their permanent collection