INTRODUCING: Kick Back, by Luke O'Donohoe
Name sound familiar? Luke was featured as our inaugural Paper Bag Project artist, way back in 2016, and in fact - we liked his old mate from the single bottle bag so much that we decided to dedicate an entire wine label to it.
Luke O’Donohoe is a Western Australian artist centring his practice on large scale murals and public art. His work has a definitive typographic lean and is influenced heavily by the age old craft of sign writing.
Who is Luke O’Donohoe?
Luke O’Donohoe is a visual artist based in Perth. Currently, Luke focuses his energy on large scale murals and public art. Recent projects include mural commissions for Perth venues such as Panama Social, Tiny’s and The Blue Flamingo. Previous clients include FORM, Water Corporation, City of Malaga, Gage Roads and Liquor Barons.
Luke draws on a variety of sources for inspiration, chief amongst them graffiti, sign-writing, typography, advertising and design as well as more traditional art movements. He has synthesized these inspirations; the result being vibrant, balanced and compelling paintings usually one part typography, one part abstract composition, one part figurative painting.
An affinity for clean precise painting, Luke’s portfolio exemplifies accurate depiction of his subject matter. Most recently evident in his Single Fin beer bottle mural. Whether it be a typographic phrase, some figurative object (beer bottle or a figure), or an abstract composition, Luke eagerly accepts the challenge of replicating the object in his painting to the millimetre.
There is an underlying essence and signature to Luke’s work; namely the three pillars to his current painting formula – one part typography, one part abstract composition, one part figurative - however subject matter is often driven by the location of painting and/or the client. With ten years of painting in the public sphere, Luke acknowledges the necessity for a painting to co-exist harmoniously with its environment and occupants.
You can find his work…
Liquor Barons Mount Hawthorn, 2019 (left and right).