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“Work hard. Be kind. Have fun” is Luke Pelletier’s mantra to live by. At 23, the North Carolina native has made a name for himself in the art world thanks to the playful yet pointed approach he brings to his passion.

LUKE PELLETIER

Whether working on a painting, writing a song, assembling an installation, or curating a show, Luke is constantly in a state of creating. “I set my days up in a way that I can follow my enthusiasm,” the artist explains. While waiting for paint to dry, Luke might noodle around on his guitar or jot down lyrics for a song. Allowing one art form to speak to the other, is how Luke’s work always stays fresh. “If I’m excited about what I’m working on, it gets done faster and better.”








Luke’s colorful use of patterns, pin-ups and tropical motifs are rooted in his hometown, the tourist paradise, known as “Land of the Waterfalls”, that he grew up in. “During the summer it’s just a madhouse,” Luke said of the seasonal boom. “I was a lifeguard at a summer camp. When I was lifeguarding I would sketch, it built a working habit that I still keep.” When Luke’s town got its first skate park he was in the third grade. ”That was it, I was into it from then on.” He credits skate culture, and its visual nature, as an aid that helped him get a leg up in the art world early on. “I was really into board graphics. When I started playing in bands I was making flyers for shows. I got so into them, I started making them for other bands too, then shifted my focus onto my art and making it the main thing that I do.”

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Luke’s colorful use of patterns, pin-ups and tropical motifs are rooted in his hometown, the tourist paradise, known as “Land of the Waterfalls”, that he grew up in. “During the summer it’s just a madhouse,” Luke said of the seasonal boom. “I was a lifeguard at a summer camp. When I was lifeguarding I would sketch, it built a working habit that I still keep.” When Luke’s town got its first skate park he was in the third grade. ”That was it, I was into it from then on.” He credits skate culture, and its visual nature, as an aid that helped him get a leg up in the art world early on. “I was really into board graphics. When I started playing in bands I was making flyers for shows. I got so into them, I started making them for other bands too, then shifted my focus onto my art and making it the main thing that I do.”






A product of the digital age, Luke was still a high school student when he caught the attention of art enthusiasts on Tumblr. “That’s what’s so great about art right not, because of the internet, it’s a lot easier to have a career.”
After graduating from the prestigious Chicago Institute of Art, Luke made his way to Los Angeles, California where the surf and skate culture he grew up with thrives in full color. “As a kid in the skate world you always had Thrasher Magazine, even if I was on the east coast I was still looking at California and a lot of that fed into my style.”
When pushed to define his work Luke admits, “I don’t like to lock my art down too hard, but I’m definitely influenced by what I look at.” Old traditional tattoos, classic American graphics, postcards, matchbooks, bottle caps with cool graphics, and palm-tree lined Los Angeles all feed him inspiration.



A product of the digital age, Luke was still a high school student when he caught the attention of art enthusiasts on Tumblr. “That’s what’s so great about art right not, because of the internet, it’s a lot easier to have a career.” After graduating from the prestigious Chicago Institute of Art, Luke made his way to Los Angeles, California where the surf and skate culture he grew up with thrives in full color. “As a kid in the skate world you always had Thrasher Magazine, even if I was on the east coast I was still looking at California and a lot of that fed into my style.” When pushed to define his work Luke admits, “I don’t like to lock my art down too hard, but I’m definitely influenced by what I look at.” Old traditional tattoos, classic American graphics, postcards, matchbooks, bottle caps with cool graphics, and palm-tree lined Los Angeles all feed him inspiration.
“He credits skate culture, and its visual nature, as an aid that helped him get a leg up early on.”

“He credits skate culture, and its visual nature, as an aid that helped him get a leg up early on.”


Luke and the West Coast go together like coconuts and lime. “I love the energy here”, he says like a born and bred Californian. “When you’re in LA and you go out to a bar, the energy is different than my hometown bar. Everyone out here came here to do something, and a lot of the time it’s creative. Even if you're frustrated with what you’re working on, you’re still creating. I just feel more productive here than other places.” With upcoming shows in Milan and Poland, as well as collaborations with other Los Angeles-based artists, Luke is busy working away to create a new body of layered work that engages audiences the same way the world captivates him. “I like places like Disneyland, flea markets or diners filled with crazy stuff on the walls, because they create an experience. When I make art, and think about shows, that’s what I want: to create an experience.”